Village Volunteers (VV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions to community challenges.
Our Core Values
The Village Volunteers community:
- Believes in the immense potential of all people.
- Has respect for the diverse perspectives, creativity, and talents of all individuals.
- Is committed to the principles of market-based, local economics, and entrepreneurship.
- Recognizes that women need special consideration for education, maternal health care, and a life free of violence.
- Believes in the power of partnership and collaboration to work towards social justice and gender equality.
- Strives to facilitate educational opportunities to all who reach for their potential, and medical care for all who need help.
- Is dedicated to environmental conservation and biodiversity.
Village Volunteers will work to leave a legacy that supports self-sufficiency and has a profound impact on the health and welfare of the communities we serve. Founded in the belief that partnership and advocacy is a key factor in the renewal and healing of areas plagued by poverty, hunger, and disease, we partner with communities to reach their full potential through collaborative, sustainable, grassroots approaches.
We recognize that each and every one of us, individuals as well as organizations and businesses, must make a commitment to preserve and protect our environment. Dedicated to preserving resources, we are committed to lessening our environmental footprint and strive to be a “carbon neutral” organization. We continuously apply sustainable principles to the way we operate; we strive to be paperless in all ways possible and all volunteer materials are accessed online. To offset the carbon produced by the air travel for each volunteer, 10 moringa trees are planted in the tropical regions we serve.
Culturally Relevant and Sustainable Solutions
Rather than hindering growth by creating a dependency on outside management, the Village Volunteers’ model is based on empowerment: all village projects are executed and managed by locals. Village Volunteers supports local community efforts by providing grant writing assistance, developing income generating social enterprises and mobilizing the resources of volunteers worldwide.
Cross Cultural Exchange
The opportunity for volunteers to live and work side-by-side with the communities and directly with local change-makers in other parts of the world. The exchange of knowledge, information, skills, and stories, gives everyone involved the opportunity to develop a meaningful common bond with our global community. The mandatory hospitality fees from Village Volunteers’ cadre of volunteers is sent ahead of arrival to directly and indirectly support sustainable development programs in your host village.
Empowering Local Leaders Who Strengthen Communities
Village Volunteers acknowledges that community members know how to solve their communities’ problems, but do not have access to the necessary resources and support. Village Volunteers brings together worldwide collaboration in support of inspired community leaders in Africa and Asia who empower local people, rely on indigenous resources, and build upon their existing cultural and economic context.