||Brought to you by the farm-families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative, in partnership with Chalo, Inc., Reward Volunteers is the first iPhone app that tracks and rewards volunteers and the organizations they serve.
Using Facebook Connect, volunteers log and share volunteer efforts, accruing "Reach" points, or chances to win prizes for themselves and the organizations they serve. Volunteer hours and activity post to Facebook and within the app, where volunteers can "like" and comment on each other's activity. The more hours logged, and the more sharing (in the form comments, likes, and emails to friends,) the more Reach points accrued. Prizes for individuals include cash, vacations to Vermont, an Alaskan cruise, Cabot Cheese baskets, and many more. Volunteer organizations earn Reach points for volunteer activity for their organization, increasing their chances to win cash donations from sponsors. Volunteer activity is often hard to quantify or done in isolation. Reward Volunteers makes it measurable, fun, and social.
Cabot is a cooperative businesses owned by its farm families, who believe in giving back to their local communities. To celebrate 2012, which is the the International Year of the Co-op, Cabot chose to highlight and reward community service efforts across the nation. Cabot, along with their co-sponsors, All for Good, AARP, Marriott, and the National Cooperative Grocers Association, offer Reward Volunteers as a celebration of the good that is happening all over the country.
FIND THE ORGANIZATION(S) YOU VOLUNTEER FOR
Any volunteer organization with a Facebook page can be found using the app.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Reward Volunteers keeps track of donated time across organizations, and for each individual volunteer activity, helping you know your efforts “count.”
SHARE AND INCREASE YOUR REACH
Reward Volunteers posts an automated (or self-written) message about your activity to your Facebook wall, encouraging your friends to join you and raise awareness for your cause. You can also email your friends and share photos of your activity.
LIVE INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY STREAM
Volunteers see a live feed of activity by all participants. Volunteers can comment on and "like" each other's activity from within the app, making volunteering more fun and rewarding.
Anyone can participate with the program online using the Reward Volunteers web widget, available at www.RewardVolunteers.coop. The widget can can also be embedded on any organizational, business, or personal website to promote community service.
About the developer
Chalo (Hindi for "let’s go!") uses an adaptable mobile platform, which leverages philanthropy and volunteerism to help social businesses, charities, and individuals achieve their goals.
Visit www.chaloapps.com for more information.