In July last year, Skylight, a nationwide Wellington based not-for-profit, registered with HelpTank to find a skilled volunteer to help develop their major digital project, the Resilience Hub. Fast-forward to 2018, and HelpTank has partnered Skylight with not one but six volunteers, each bringing unique skills and experience to the project.
Skylight works with children, young people, their families/whānau, and friends to navigate through times of trauma, loss, and grief. Using HelpTank, Skylight was easily able to find the skills they needed. They first sought a volunteer through HelpTank to help write a business case to apply for funding from the Ministry of Education.
Enter Keith, from Z Energy, who was able to help Skylight using his two paid volunteering days through Z’s volunteer programme. With an abundance of skills to offer, he was excited when Z Energy’s volunteering programme shifted towards skills-based volunteering. HelpTank was a great tool in his search to match his skills to an opportunity. “Putting business cases together is something I kind of dabble in at Z. I think it was a great opportunity to see how I could apply those skills to an external organisation and see if they stack up there as well.” Keith’s invaluable skills lead to a successful business case, as Skylight was approved for Ministry of Education funding to start the development of the organisation’s ‘Resilience Hub’.
However, even with funding, Skylight still needed to access specific skills pro bono and sought another HelpTank
volunteer to offer advice on the creation of a six month work plan and strategy for the digital transformation of Skylight. Jane, with strategy and project management experience, volunteered during a gap between other contracts. In addition to the initial input into the strategy, she continued volunteering to provide project management to the initial development of the Resilience Hub. “It was an opportunity I’m really grateful for as it meant I could contribute in a small way alongside a group of people who are genuinely making a difference that matters every day” Jane said.
Skylight decided that undergoing a major digital project was also the perfect time to review their CRM Strategy and other operating systems. Several volunteers came on board to develop different aspects of this task. One of the volunteers, Bala, a business analyst, continued to provide key ongoing support to the development of the project. “I felt coming to a new country I wanted to put my skills in use where I can serve the community” Bala said.
Skylight is just one example of a not-for-profit that has been able to use HelpTank to source additional skills and expertise, in this case supporting project development at each step of the way. It also shows how a small group of volunteers can make a meaningful contribution to change that could benefit thousands of children, young people and families.
Skylight’s Fundraising and Promotions manager, Stephanie loves it. “We love Helptank! We feel really grateful and very lucky. The organisation has benefited hugely and the spirit of generosity is really humbling to see how people give of their time and their professional skills”.
Skylight launched their new online hub in July 2018!