Sunday, November 9, 2014

iHeartVolunteers is for Who?

When we first came up with the idea of starting a dating site for volunteers, we weren't sure where to begin. As Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Shelly and I started off thinking we would create a Peace Corps dating site. But, with a 63% to 37% girl to guy ratio we quickly decided to expand on who to include.

At first we had a very romantic notion of what we wanted our dating site to be. We had a lot of ideas. Initially, the plan was to focus on international volunteers, thinking they could meet all around the world and travel together. We contemplated on having only long-term volunteers who had served for over one year in an immersive program. At one point, it was narrowed down to five organizations. We thought it would be very exclusive.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa - A fancy international travel date location we initially envisioned for our members.
Not long after, Shelly had brought up adding Habitat for Humanity to our exclusive list. Habitat does great work locally and abroad; they even have long-term programs lasting between 6-12 months. A short discussion later and we agreed Habitat for Humanity had made the cut.

After that, we added Big Brothers Big Sisters, because of how important it is for youth to have a mentor. Next, we added Children's Hospitals because of the impact they have had on our lives. We followed that up by adding volunteers for the Department of Veterans Affairs, because there is nothing better than serving the men and women that have defended our country.

Eventually, it became clear. We needed to accept all volunteer organizations and programs. Our company name is iHeartVolunteers, not iOnlyHeartSomeVolunteers. All volunteers contribute to important causes and make a positive impact on our communities, and that's what matters.

If volunteering is an important part of your life and you're looking for someone to share that with, sign-up!

Do good, together!

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