SMART VOLUNTEERING AT SIBUR
The ProCharity Platform
SIBUR's smart volunteers perform their assignments via the ProCharity platform that has brought together more than 790 non-profit organizations and over 4,000 volunteers. ProCharity’s modus operandi is very straightforward: a non-profit organization posts an assignment describing what kind of help it needs, expecting one of the registered volunteers to respond to it with his or her offer of assistance.
Non-profit organizations come to the platform soliciting offers for performing various assignments in the fields of marketing and communications, legal aid, strategic consulting, finance and fundraising, education and training, design and layout, IT, photo/video, and translation. Assignments may vary in terms of both their complexity and urgency. The amount of time allocated to performing a task is usually well-defined and quite reasonable, although there can also be urgent assignments sometimes.
SIBUR’s volunteers chose to join the ProCharity platform for a number of reasons:
nearly all volunteering jobs can be performed remotely
volunteers can perform activities of varying degrees of complexity and professional focus, from putting together a set of Telegram stickers or making out a contract to implementing a comprehensive rebranding program for a nonprofit organization
volunteers can perform tasks on their own and independently: there is no need to involve intermediaries or co-contractors, the volunteer and the nonprofit interact directly
for completing a task, the volunteer-in-charge gets virtual points that can be exchanged for various valuable bonuses provided by the platform’s partners
Get registered on the ProCharity platform
Decide which of the assignments you would like to take on
Choose a specific assignment and respond to it by offering you services
Wait for a response from the nonprofit organization and get down to work
When registering, please indicate in your profile that you are a SIBUR employee. Since non- profit organizations tend to prefer volunteers with a thoroughly completed profile before putting them in charge of their assignments, we recommend that you attach a profile photo, indicate your area of expertise, and provide a detailed description of your skills and experience at the time of registration.
It may feel scary before you get down to it, because you may think that you don’t have enough experience, but when you actually start doing things and receive support from the organizers, it gets better and easier.
Expert, Administrative Support to SIBUR LLC’s Management
I don't wish to impose volunteering on anyone, it's everyone's personal choice. There's a great movie called Pay It Forward loosely based on an eponymous novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde chronicling the life of an ordinary American teenager. One day the protagonist’s teacher assigns the class to put into action a plan that will change the world for the better. The boy suggested an unorthodox approach of "paying it forward" which means the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others who, in turn, will help the next three, and so on. According to his plan, the number of good deeds would thus be growing exponentially. I think life would be better if everyone just did kind things for others.
an IT Specialist
Assignments by foundations come in very different shapes and forms spanning a variety of subjects, from medical law to environmental and economic security, and you can't just pick every one of them because your competencies may be lacking. It's important to understand this at the very outset.
Chief Expert, Legal Processes, NIPIGAZ
Pro bono projects can provide an opportunity to find the right balance between the matters one has to deal with at work and one’s activities that they do 'at the promptings of the spirit’ by carrying out their assignments and helping people.
member of ProCharity’s Mentors’ Council
At first, I wasn’t even sure I would be able to find the time to do these jobs. After completing my first job, however, I gradually got used to it, and I even felt a tinge of thrill: I am now eager to take on increasingly more complicated and ambitious challenges.
Chief Expert, Corporate Governance, Corporate Secretary at SIBUR LLC
In recognition of the active work done by its smart volunteers, SIBUR was the recipient of ProCharity’s Smart Volunteering Award in 2019, 2020, and 2021. ProCharity’s personalized awards are regularly bestowed upon the most active of SIBUR's volunteers.