Hunger Volunteer Connection Ramping Up
February 25, 2016
Moeun Sun, Communications Fellow, Alliance to End Hunger
500,000 service hours by September 2018.
With what may seem like an ambition goal, the Hunger Volunteer Connection (HVC) was launched in late 2015 as an initiative by ConAgra Foods Foundation to meet the need for coordinated volunteering efforts. A first of its kind, this initiative was developed to be a connection point for the growing need for volunteers and volunteers seeking opportunities to serve, and bridge the gap between the growing demand and supply of skilled volunteers.
The idea behind this initiative comes from the belief that one of the most effective ways to battle hunger in America is through volunteers—more specifically, specialized volunteers. There has been an increasing need for this kind of resource as more and more individuals have realized their potential and capacity for community impact through their expertise, but are unsure of how to get involved. Now, with Hunger Volunteer Connection, there is a comprehensive source of volunteer listings available in which volunteers can hone in on a specific area of interest and expertise, as well as the area and demographics they wish to serve.
This is also an excellent opportunity for organizations who often lack the capacity to execute and maintain their programs. With the help of volunteers, they are able to cover their needs, and make connections with individuals who may want to get involved again in the future.
As one of the leading forces behind this initiative, the Alliance to End Hunger has ramped up efforts to make this resource more available and accessible for those interested, including increased exposure through social media.
“We are excited to have a more hands-on role in the HVC initiative,” remarked Rebecca Middleton, Managing Director for the Alliance to End Hunger. “It’s a powerful resource to connect volunteers with anti-hunger organizations that could benefit from their expertise. We’re particularly pleased by the inclusion of anti-hunger advocacy as a key anti-hunger volunteer activity as it will take both the public and political will to end hunger.”