Two sectors, one leading goal
Volunteer Vision operates in both the diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility sectors with the same goal: support underserved and underrepresented populations to succeed in their careers.
The goal of diversity and inclusion is to ensure that all employees, regardless of factors like race, gender, ability, religion or sexual orientation, feel that they belong and can bring their authentic selves into the workplace.
“We offer in-house mentoring solutions to our corporate partners to support young women professionals with regards to their leadership skills. We are currently working on programs for employees returning from parental leave, as well as for LGBT+ community members, with the ultimate goal of being one equal workforce where everyone works at eye level and everyone understands each other’s value,” Suska explained.
Within the corporate responsibility sector, the organization connects corporate partners with NGOs on a global scale to enable a skills-based, digital form of corporate volunteering. Volunteer Vision supports NGOs working with various groups such as refugees, people with disabilities, or youth with no parental care , and designs curriculum which fosters employability skills. As corporate volunteers, employees from Volunteer Vision’s corporate partners share their experiences, skills and wisdom as mentors for beneficiaries of NGOs.
“The goal of our corporate volunteering programs is always to support the beneficiaries to gain employment, so it could be language training, it could be a job-readiness program, it could be a prep mentoring for job interviews, application training, etc.,” Suska said. “So everything that really helps you to find employment and to feel empowered, motivated and self-confident to apply for a job, and to have a buddy that helps you in doing that.”
From the beginning, Volunteer Vision needed a partner that could provide a custom video solution to create these meaningful connections between mentors and mentees, and they chose Twilio to make it happen.