(PRWEB) April 4, 2005
ActionCorps International (http://www.actioncorps.org/), a unique online service that matches volunteers who have access to resources with impoverished communities around the world, announced its launch today. As part of the launch, the organization is undertaking a massive recruiting effort for volunteers.
The service provides a unique solution to the fact that over 1 billion people worldwide live on less than $1 a day, and do not have access to basic healthcare, clean water, food, shelter, or education. Billions more, even in wealthy countries, face hunger, illiteracy, and limited access to healthcare.
ActionCorps matches volunteers who have access to resources with those who desperately need resources. The organization does this directly, without bureaucracy or administrative expenses.
The organization is currently forming partnerships with validated aid organizations and community leaders around the world. As leaders in the field identify needs in their communities, they contact ActionCorps with requests for supplies and other resources. ActionCorps then asks its volunteer membership to assist.
Joining ActionCorps as a volunteer is simple and free. Interested people can visit http://www.actioncorps.org and sign up. They are then notified by email as opportunities to serve arise. Volunteers choose whether or not to respond to an opportunity.
Members come from all walks of life: executives, retirees, students, teachers, community leaders, members of service organizations, and anyone interested in making a positive difference that stretches across national boundaries.
Projects include: providing textbooks to schools without them; delivering medicines and medical supplies; collecting and providing clothing; helping to fund micro-businesses; raising funds for new schools and tuition in impoverished communities; responding to disasters; and providing supplies that help improve sanitation and availability of clean water.
Founder and Executive Director Andrew Neitlich said, ÂWe are delighted to launch this unique initiative. We can and must do more to ensure that all people have access to basic needs, and ActionCorps is a fantastic way for people to get involved. We hope to recruit 100,000 volunteers very soon, because there is no shortage of requests for help.Â
He added: ÂAnybody who wants to make a difference should sign up. Even if someone does not have great access to resources, he or she almost always knows someone who does. This is a great opportunity to exercise leadership skills to help other people.Â
Once ActionCorps matches volunteers to an opportunity, its volunteer leadership works with them to help them successfully complete their assignment. ActionCorps is 100% volunteer-led and funded.
Andrew Neitlich, founder and volunteer Executive Director, earns his living as a management consultant, and graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He said of his reasons for starting ActionCorps International, ÂI have prosperity, health, education, and a great family. IÂm at a point in my life where IÂm sick and tired of doing too little to help people who donÂt even have enough to take care of their basic needs. I remember working as an Anthropology student in a rural village in Kenya, and collecting a long list of basic supplies that the residents there wanted me to send from America on my return. ActionCorps is inspired by that experience, and by a desire to do something to help reduce suffering.Â
Interested people can learn more at http://www.actioncorps.org.
Media Contact: Andrew Neitlich, 941-918-4317