The surprising benefits of volunteering
You probably know that, as a volunteer, your commitment has a positive impact on your ... socio-economic environment. But did you know that volunteering has a less "charitable" and a much more surprising impact, especially on young people who decide to go down this path? Boosted self-confidence Many volunteers who took part in the actions organized in partnership with Dir iddik showed considerable gain in self-confidence, fueled by the opportunity to try something new, to work in groups with complete strangers, to be part of a community outside their comfort zone (family and friends) and come out with a sense of achievement. In addition, knowing that they have made a difference and have had a positive impact on people, communities or society as a whole; enhances the positive aspect of their commitment. A comprehensive profile It is commonly known that candidates are no longer judged on the basis of their academic career by a potential recruiter, but on their soft skills and their life experiences. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills in the field, and to develop their abilities. Volunteering and voluntary work in general; constitute the elements with the strongest impact on the CV of a recent graduate. This is reflected in our statistics since the vast majority of our active volunteers, as well as representatives of partner associations; are students at the end of their university studies. Young people from various Moroccan universities, public high schools and vocational training institutes; wishing to improve their employability and develop their profiles. A better quality of life According to studies conducted by several organizations promoting volunteer work in the United States, regular volunteer commitment has a positive impact on physical and mental health. According to feedback from Dir iddik, we found that our most loyal volunteers showed undeniable optimism and precious attitude to life. The explanation is quite simple; the human brain releases the hormone responsible for pleasure when a person does a good deed. By helping our neighbor, we are reducing the risk of depression as well as the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. A highly addictive circle, hence the interest of starting small and then letting nature do the rest. But perhaps the main benefit of volunteering is the fun that young people have, regardless of the type of action they are involved in.
Volunteers, the cornerstone of voluntary work
The community network in Morocco is enjoying a certain growth and dynamism that places it ... at the head of several major socioeconomic projects. Key player in the country's development, with more than 50,000 active organizations identified in December 2011 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP), following a survey of Moroccan non-profit organizations; this movement is driven by important legislative updates and the increase of support and funding bodies. Many organizations, few volunteers However, this optimism is reflected very little on official figures of volunteering since only 4% of Moroccans are engaged in voluntary activities, according to a study conducted by the international firm Deloitte and presented in 2011 at the 8th edition of the National Forum of Charitable organizations and Foundations. It is therefore relatively easy to create and maintain an organization, but it is extremely difficult to mobilize and retain volunteers. Dir iddik's mission In addition to connecting organizations and volunteers, Dir iddik works to promote the culture of volunteering among young people. With more than 62,000 volunteers registered on www.diriddik.ma, the service has supported more than 20 organizations across the country in 2018, organizing about 50 actions involving more than 1,000 volunteers. Young people, for the most part, mobilized in schools and universities, to take part in actions in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, covering topics as diverse as education, citizenship or health. A mission of primary importance, since 7 out of 10 organizations say they rely entirely on volunteers while half of them show serious difficulties in mobilizing them (according to the HCP). Good practices The question that many organizations ask themselves is the following: how to mobilize and above all retain the volunteers? Based on the working methods used by Dir iddik, here are some good and effective practices that are simple to adopt: 1 – Communicate clearly on the needs of the organization in terms of volunteers (number required, duration of the mission, preferred skills) and on the tasks that each one is responsible for. 2 – Increase the number of reminders by email, Whatsapp and phone, during registration, a few days before D-Day and the day before the event. 3 – Strengthen the sense of belonging by distributing goodies (t-shirts, caps, scarves, badges) and certificates of participation, and by providing a download link for photos and videos. All these steps are simplified by the basic features made available to organizations registered on www.diriddik.ma. For any additional information, do not hesitate to send us your questions on firstname.lastname@example.org.