5 reasons Millennials don’t volunteer: How AltruHelp addresses this problem
The future leaders of our companies, schools and nonprofits have the lowest volunteer rate in the nation, but it's not because they don't want to make a difference. An online social engagement platform called AltruHelp addresses the gap in volunteering among Millennials, those who currently range in age between 16 and 29, by connecting them with volunteer opportunities.
In this video, AltruHelp CEO and co-founder Matthew Paisner explains how his venture identifies and addresses the reasons for declining youth volunteer rates, inspiring young people to give back to their communities.
AltruHelp found that Millennial volunteer rates have dropped in the last five years for several reasons. Young people are more likely to participate in volunteer opportunities that are group-oriented, tailored to their interests and skill sets, beneficial to their professional development and that allow flexibility in scheduling. Perhaps most importantly, Millennials report that they simply aren't being asked to help.
With companies spending more than $2 billion a year on volunteer initiatives, there are plenty of opportunities available. At AltruHelp, volunteers can easily connect with companies and organizations that need assistance, and share their efforts with friends, family, prospective colleges and members of their community. This creates a rewarding atmosphere that amplifies the social impact of one volunteer or many.
One recent project brought teams of volunteers together with Friends of Boston Homeless, packing bags full of essential household items like soap and laundry detergent to help people transitioning to their first apartments or homes.
AltruHelp is one of 10 finalists in the Points of Light and Village Capital Civic Accelerator program, which provides funding, mentorship, entrepreneurial education, peer support and brand awareness to promising civic ventures. Two startups will be selected by their peers to receive an additional $50,000 investment.
My name is Mathew Paisner. I'm the CEO and co-founder of altruhelp.com. My other co-founders are Antoinne Machal-Cajigas and Michael Saris. The mission of AltruHelp is to fix the generational gap in volunteering. Some millennial's ages 16 to 29; the future leaders of our companies, schools, non-profits; their volunteer rate's been declining for the last five years nationally. The five reasons that we found on why millennial's were volunteering less than other age groups were scheduling, it's difficult to find opportunities that align with their schedules.
Group oriented, they want to get involved in activities they can do with their friends, family, peers. Professional development, they want to leverage the volunteer experience, for their career goals and skill development. The fourth reason is, I feel like they're not being asked. Then the fifth is compelling mission, really finding volunteer opportunities that align with the interests and skill sets of millennial's.
So what we provide is a software solution and an online community, to increase volunteering and millennial civic engagement, particularly for companies, schools and non-profits. Volunteering has become increasingly important in corporate America. Over the last year companies have spent more than $2.0 billion on volunteering internships, and more than 81% of companies in the United States are now posting philanthropic, social responsibility or volunteer internships on their websites.
One of our recent events we brought together over 100 professionals, and students from the Boston community, and we did some awesome work for Friends of the Boston Homeless. We not only brought together household items for individuals transitioning into their first-ever homes, but we packed over 100 backpacks full of laundry detergent, socks, soap, and more. The Director for Friends of Boston Homeless reached out to us and talked about how moved she was, that the community was able to come together to provide essential household items, for individuals that were moving into their first ever apartments or homes.