Giving children access to education, rebuilding schools destroyed by an earthquake, providing women with efficient ovens, thus reducing the time they spend collecting firewood, giving patients treatments that let them lead a normal daily life—and allowing all of these programs to gradually be taken over and run by locals:
These are examples of projects and programs led by Initiative Développement (ID) in reputedly difficult places where it is often thought that people have been condemned to the worst sort of life with no prospects of improvement. All of these examples prove that change really is possible; it doesn’t even require colossal means.
Initiative Développement (ID) is a medium-sized NGO whose mission is to meet the basic needs of disadvantaged populations in a sustainable manner. One of Initiative Développement’s (ID) ongoing goals is to help local partners emerge and to transfer skills and resources to them while ensuring the projects continue to be managed rigorously.
In order to succeed in our programs and create new ones while ensuring they are effective, we need your assistance! Any form or amount of help will contribute significantly to effecting change.
What can you do?
Initiative Développement (ID) would not be as effective without the help of its volunteers. Volunteers play an important role at ID on many levels, from sitting on the board of directors to working in the field to performing daily tasks at headquarters. ID takes special care to establish trusting, balanced relationships with its volunteers. To do this, ID has implemented the following:
Mutual Commitment Agreement
The point is not to be extremely formal but to use a co-signed document to show volunteers that they can expect commitment from both sides. All new volunteers sign an agreement.
The Volunteer Passport (created by France Bénévolat) is a personal booklet where volunteers can record the missions they have worked on, regardless of the association or governmental organization, area of activity or mission. The booklets are intended for all volunteers.
The Volunteer Passport is a link between organizational volunteer work and external workplaces. It allows volunteers to benefit from their commitments in their professional lives, whether to boost a resume, improve skills or for personal development. The booklet can even be used in a job interview. It also helps new volunteers in their transition to highly-qualified volunteers.
The Volunteer Passport is supported by the Pôle Emploi, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Health and the AFPA. It is recognized as a valid document for VAE (proof of experience) files by the Ministry of National Education and the AFPA. It is considered supporting evidence for the ANPE’s VAE. Whether or not you live near our headquarters (in Poitiers), if you have special skills in fields ranging from taxation to labour laws to foreign languages, let us know! You may be able to help, even from afar and without taking up too much of your time.
Help Out Locally
If you live near our headquarters, you may be able to contribute by donating a few hours of time per week, per month or even per year to Initiative Développement. You can help in one-time or ongoing activities such as stuffing envelopes, manning booths, managing databases or organizing Initiative Développement (ID) events.
If you live further away, you can organize events to spread our name, such as activities to raise funds for Initiative Développement (ID). Initiative Développement can help you organize your program and has tools available for necessary communications.
Whether or not you live near our headquarters (in Poitiers), if you have special skills in fields ranging from taxation to labour laws to foreign languages, let us know! You may be able to help, even from afar and without taking up too much of your time.
Sharing ID’s Message
Sharing our message also helps! Follow ID on Facebook and Twitter and share its posts with your friends, acquaintances and social network. It’s a simple, effective way for you to contribute to our work.