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New Volunteering App, Collaborate, launches in Wellington

New Volunteering App, Collaborate, launches in Wellington


Collaborate, a new social enterprise app connecting volunteers with volunteering opportunities is launching on 25 October 2017 with a group of 300 beta testers. The four-lady power-team won the BNZ Startup Alley and Rotary Kickstart runner-up prizes during the co-design phase of the app earlier this year.

While volunteering for multiple organisations over the last five years, Director Holly Norton, developed the concept with co-founders.


“We found the volunteering process cumbersome. So we decided to design an easy solution to find opportunities that line up with your skills and interests, one that allows you to earn rewards for your volunteering efforts,” says Norton.

So how does it work? Community organisations post a specific task, ranging from things such as a short-term graphic design project to a social media campaign. Then they can connect instantly with skilled volunteers who indicate interest. The app will also feature practical opportunities to help out such as beach cleanups and tree planting.

As the company is currently participating in Te Papa’s Mahuki programme, the initial launch will apply only to Wellington-based opportunities, with a view to roll the app out nationally.

Holly says she can’t wait to see the difference Collaborate will make, ”The app is an easy way for people to get involved in their communities and create positive social change. It also builds the experience of volunteers and capacity of organisations.”

Collaborate launches Wellington-based and online volunteer roles on 25 October at 3pm. Sign up at www.letscollaborate.co.nz.

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