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Orange launches first Mobile Volunteering app

Jonathan Morris
March 31, 2011

Orange has launched an app that allows people to ‘do some good’ by giving time to good causes, and it even has the backing of the PM.

The application includes 12 different charity actions that can take as little as five minutes to complete, such as answering a short survey for the Samaritans, or taking a photo of a rundown green space for guerilla gardeners to consider renovating.

The 12 charities partnered with the app are: Samaritans, Groundwork UK, CyberMentors, SCAN, Future Morph, photofoundation, World Clean Air Forest Initiative (WCAFI), Young Foundation, Sustrans, Play England & The Geography Collective, Sustainable Restaurant Association and Practical Action

Research carried out by Opinion Matters revealed the mobile volunteering could make a boost to the government’s Big Society initiative, with 25% of people willing to volunteer five minutes every day via their phone, including a third of 18-34 year olds.

The ‘Do Some Good’ app is available now for iPhone, with other platforms available later in the year. A website also offers other ways to take part, including real life volunteering opportunities. 40% of the nation don’t consider themselves as having time to volunteer, but nearly three quarters of them would contribute five minutes of their time than donate £5 – such as when commuting.

David Cameron, Prime Minister said: “Millions of people who don’t currently volunteer would like to do so if they had the time and information to make it as easy as possible. ‘Do Some Good’ is a great way of tapping into this huge pool of untapped volunteering energy.”

And if you still need some more encouragement to do some good, anyone that completes 60 actions (approximately four hours) will become eligible to join the Orange RockCorps Collective and earn music rewards, such as tickets to a gig of your choice.

More info: Do Some Good

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