10 February 2004
The Online Volunteering (OV) service has been relaunched at a new web address, www.onlinevolunteering.org
. The OV service, managed by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, resumes its mission of connecting online volunteers with civil society organizations, UN agencies and academic institutions serving people and communities in developing countries.
Those who were registered on the OV service at its previous home NetAid, will find that their existing user information and passwords remain valid at the new OV service web address, as well as all groups, assignments and volunteer information.
Since its launch in 2000, more than 11,000 people have registered on the OV service. Online volunteers perform a wide range of services including translations, researching and writing articles, mentoring young people, designing web sites, providing expert advice and more.
The re-launched site offers new features such as a regularly updated news section, extensive support materials for both online volunteers and host organizations and information in French and Spanish.
Online Volunteering was jointly developed by UNV and NetAid, a New York-based non-profit organization which hosted the service for three years. The move of the OV service entirely under UNV will allow the organization to further develop the service, while enabling NetAid to pursue other activities.
NetAids' services now include the World Schoolhouse education campaign, the World Class game, teaching poverty to children from developed countries and an interactive educational module on volunteering.
UNV and NetAid will continue to undertake the Online Volunteers of the Year award together and will work jointly in various volunteer-related activities.