CWS Incubation Lab Volunteer
Are you creative and passionate about solving global challenges?
Become a CWS Incubation Lab volunteer to get involved in developing innovative
new projects to build a better world.
About the Organization and the Incubation Lab
CWS (Church World Service) is an international humanitarian and development organization that seeks “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” We have worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. We work in over 30+ countries, providing refugee assistance, disaster relief, and sustainable self-help. Our volunteers organize roughly 800 CROP Hunger Walks and distribute CWS Kits for disaster relief around the world.
To continue advancing our mission in a rapidly changing world, we are developing a CWS Incubation Lab as a launching pad for testing and investing in new ideas. We believe that when people and organizations work together, their impact is greater than what each could do individually. We strive to become experts at designing and implementing groundbreaking projects, facilitating collaborative partnerships, and enabling people to generate innovative solutions to complex problems. CWS is looking to engage new audiences, and the younger generation is a key demographic. You can help by joining the Incubation Lab.
The CWS Incubation Lab is currently accepting applications for volunteers on a rolling basis. Volunteers must be able to give 8 hours a week. Although the duration is not obligatory, we appreciate a commitment of 3-6 months with the possibility to stay on longer. As this is a remote position and the entirety of this work may be conducted virtually, weekly schedules and tasks are flexible to work with one’s availability.
The CWS Incubation Lab is looking for volunteers, expertise is not a must, but a general knowledge and an interest in developing one’s skills is required.
· Tech savvy
· Good verbal communication skills
· Experience with social media platforms
· Experience with creating marketing content including but not limited to flyers, social posts, invitations, etc.
· Can multitask and is reliable in completing tasks in a timely manner
· Ability to be self-motivated as well as working within teams
· Desire in learning how to interpret online analytics and engagement metrics to inform and improve campaigns
· Desire to learn more about the humanitarian sector and how NGOs operate
100 Mile Hunger Walk
Inspired by the spirit of volunteerism behind the CWS-sponsored CROP Hunger Walks, Bloem set out on his own journey and started the 100 Mile Hunger Walk. Bloem walks 100 miles in one week and it generally takes place while visiting, meeting, and walking with several CROP walk communities, beneficiaries, and community leaders. This year celebrates the 10th annual walk and due to COVID it will look very different as our emphasis will be on gathering walkers and meeting with CROP communities virtually.
The 100-mile walk is a yearly event with the following objectives:
● Engage business and community leaders in community-building and volunteerism
● Raise awareness about hunger, food, nutrition, and poverty
● Highlight the work of the thousands of volunteers for CWS’s CROP Hunger walks
● Raise funds for CWS programs
The CWS Global App
From our learnings, we found that a key characteristic of millennials and gen z is their desire to be a part of a community that prioritizes their values while keeping their individualism intact; gamification has been identified as a promising way to meet these changing needs and demands. Via the app, we run campaigns that highlight topical social issues to engage and inform the users/contestants. Additionally, users can complete actions (logging miles, reading articles/watching videos, completing quizzes) to earn points which translate into “redeeming rewards” in which our back-donors will provide funds to support CWS global programs.
The CWS Global App has the following objectives:
● To acts as an information hub and a tool for engagement
● Increase engagement of donors between times of monetary giving
● Attract and retain a more diverse audience
● Building and sustaining private sector partnerships to support the app/rewards program
The Incubation Lab is constantly researching new, creative ways of incorporating innovation within humanitarianism, one way we do this is through new partnerships. There are many ideas and potential projects underway (collaborating with local artists and partnering with the private sector to enhance current programs) along with other potential concepts that require more in-depth research.
CWS programs work across the global to tackle issues along many planes and are constantly looking for ways to solve everyday issues with practical solutions. We are looking for someone who can help to connect the dots between a problem, a solution and who will tie those together in a new, sustainable way.
Please make sure to submit a letter of interest and resume. Volunteers are needed on a rolling basis and as soon as possible.