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Job Site Drives Volunteering Campaign

08 January 2015

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Alfred Poon

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JobStreet, an Asia-focused job portal founded in 1997, has developed a volunteer project to help connect potential volunteers to organisations, which it will launch shortly. “I always wanted JobStreet.com to be a company that can serve everyone in society, and not a company that only cares about making money,” says Mark Chang, CEO of the company. He says the motivating factors in setting up this platform are manifold. In the modern world, success is usually viewed through the prism of how much one earns. “It is very easy to get self-centred and too engrossed in only making money,” Mark says. As such, it is his hope that through this volunteer project, “we can encourage young adults to take a more balanced approach and not only care about getting the next big pay cheque”. JobStreet’s volunteer platform is a way to encourage the portal’s 900,000 members in Singapore to contribute to society through volunteering their time. For the time being, the focus is on introducing non-professional volunteer projects so that more people can volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities on the platform do not require any prior volunteer experience or any specific skill set.The project had a soft launch on 6 September and a full, official launch is expected later this year. Check out the volunteer projects that are already published here. The company is working closely with AVPN, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, and SE Association for this project. Mark says the plan is to take this platform beyond Singapore and to introduce it in phases to all of the 12 million members in its database.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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Alfred Poon

Lead - Non-Profit Advisory

Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications

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