Volunteer Network OC

Helping you help others.

aka Volunteer Organizations Network, Inc.   |   IRVINE, CA   |  https://www.volunteernetworkoc.org

Mission

Volunteer Network OC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect volunteers to organizations who provide services to people in need. Our goal is to bridge the gap between volunteers who want to help but aren’t sure where to start, and organizations who need volunteers but don’t know where to find them. Through our website, user-friendly app, and social media platform, we aim to inspire volunteers and to provide support to the organizations who help feed, clothe, and shelter disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Orange County.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Bill Cates

Main address

PO BOX 16034

IRVINE, CA 92623 USA

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Formerly known as

Volunteer Network OC

EIN

47-4804604

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to address two problems on a singular platform. First, there are many people who do not wish to volunteer or who would volunteer but find it difficult to locate volunteer opportunities. Our platform encourages volunteering and then makes it easy to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Second, there are many disadvantaged people in our community who need a hand. Our platform allows charitable organizations to post volunteer opportunities to serve these people. Through our mobile app, users and organizations can find and post volunteer opportunities in less than a minute. It is volunteering made easy!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteer community involvement

The specific purpose of Volunteer Network OC is to assist both volunteers and charitable organizations who are interested in making a difference in the lives of individuals and families who are in need. Whether their need is for shelter, food, clothing and other necessities, and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal.
Our objective is to bridge the gap between volunteers who want to help but aren’t sure where to start, and to support organizations who need volunteers but don’t know where to find them. Through our website, user-friendly app, and social media platform, we aim to inspire and connect these volunteers to the organizations who help feed, clothe, and shelter disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Orange County.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to be the bridge between people who want to volunteer but don’t know where to start and qualifying charitable organizations that need volunteers. We aim to inspire volunteers and provide support to the organizations that feed, clothe, and shelter disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Orange County. And, it’s all free! We do not charge either the charitable organizations or users to use our program.

Our strategy is to use social media and direct contact to encourage both qualifying charitable organizations and members of our community to download our proprietary mobile app and begin making connections. Our social media presence includes a dynamic interactive website – ww.volunteernetworkoc.org, Facebook – VolunteerNetworkOC, Twitter – VolunteerNetOC, and Instagram – VolunteerNetworkOC. We actively communicate with the public on all these sites.

The sky is the limit. Our platform was built to handle an unlimited number of charitable organizations and users. It was also built to allow for expansion of services to the member charitable organizations (discussed below).

Our mobile app was launched in August, 2019. In the first 9 months of service, we have registered 11 charitable organizations and over 400 volunteers. We have provided volunteers to over 55 events for disadvantaged people in our community.
We are currently planning phase II of our mobile app, which will provide our registered charitable organizations with volunteer management tools. Once phase II is complete, our registered charitable organizations will be able to efficiently manage and track volunteers and their hours, categorize volunteers by skillset, and send push notices to volunteers meeting their volunteer needs.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Volunteer Network OC

Board of directors
as of 12/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Cates

Volunteer Network OC

Term: 2015 -

Amy Howse

Volunteer Network OC

Paul Murphy

Volunteer Network OC

Barbara Stewart

Volunteer Network OC

John Carter

Volunteer Network OC

Nashita Dastur

Volunteer Network OC

Valerie Venegas

Volunteer Network OC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/29/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.