Most of the organizations that I have written about over the years are looking for new volunteers. While many volunteers I know give back for reasons of their own, today’s profile is about a website that offers additional rewards to those who volunteer.
The mission of Do Good Get Rewards is to provide incentives as an offer of appreciation to increase volunteerism, to connect national and local business with socially conscious consumers, and to feature the incredible number of programs and people who do good every day.
Tammy Allen was a lifelong musician and singer songwriter. She wrote the song “Everyday People Do Good Everyday” to acknowledge people for everyday acts of kindness. She was amazed when she earned that over 64 million people volunteer each year and she envisioned a rewards program to demonstrate her appreciation to the good people who warm her heart. In 2010, Tammy and her best friend Jacqui Jenkins launched the Do Good Get Rewards website.
They are not trying to pay people for their service, instead it is an opportunity for non-profits to thank the volunteers they depend on to fulfill their missions. When someone gives to you, you want to give them something to say thank you. Non-profits sign up as members on the site for free. The non-profit members receive materials to invite their volunteers to become members and submit their hours to the site for a specific non-profit. Once the non-profit validates the hours, the volunteer earns points they can use toward the rewards offered on the website. The points are the currency; there is nothing else to buy.
Do Good Get Rewards currently has over 170 nonprofit members and 2,000 volunteer members who have submitted over 10,000 hours. The site currently has over 65 rewards partners including their first national rewards partner, Panera Bread.
According to founder Tammy Allen, the website’s “mission is not just to increase volunteering, but shout to the world how good people are. There is good going on everywhere around us everyday. This is our reality right now. Out of our total American population 70 to 80% donate, volunteer or participate in causes. That is the kind of news we need to hear about.”
You can learn more about Do Good Get Rewards and sign up as a volunteer or non-profit for free at http://www.dogoodgetrewards.com/. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also hear the song that inspired the program at tammyallen.com.
Would you sign up to be rewarded to volunteer?