Woodside grant will create a one-stop-shop for volunteer IT needs


Volunteering WA has been awarded a substantial grant from the Woodside COVID-19 Community Fund to create a brand new volunteer management IT system, to replace the current outdated platform.

This brand new system will enable Volunteering WA to better support the volunteering sector and our local communities where we live and work, to respond not just to COVID 19 and community recovery initiatives but to support volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations into the future.

Utilising funding from Woodside’s COVID-19 Community Fund, phase 1 of system development will focus on improving volunteer management capabilities and will allow volunteers to create and manage their own volunteer profile, register as a volunteer during an emergency or period of community recovery and also be added to a ‘volunteer pool’ to be activated for future emergencies.

Volunteer-involving organisations will in turn be able to access these pools of volunteers and offer them volunteer positions at any time, not just in case of an emergency or community recovery.

Volunteering WA CEO Tina Williams said the generous support from Woodside has come at the perfect time. “Now more than ever we have seen the important role volunteers play in our communities and this project will ensure their vital support continues.

“Through Woodside’s significant investment we can deliver the best innovative IT solutions that support and advance the volunteer sector across Australia,” Tina said.

Woodside’s COVID-19 Community Fund has helped over 65 Western Australian not-for-profit organisations respond to the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woodside said it was important to build stronger communities in these difficult times by supporting those who support others.

“Volunteering is part of Woodside’s culture and we are pleased to be investing in a sector that assists so many people and organisations in need."

This announcement comes as Volunteering WA celebrates 11 years of partnership with Woodside Energy with employees contributing over 70,000 hours of volunteering.