I am MAD (Making A Difference) Volunteers Inc. (I am MAD), a nationwide nonprofit, non-governmental organization, announced it is now accepting volunteers to its ‘MAD Camps’ this year in 10 areas around the Philippines, open for all ages especially the Filipino youth and young professionals.
Recognized by the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation, ‘MAD Camp,’ the organization’s flagship program is a three-day outreach program where it gathers volunteers to facilitate values formation activities anchored on the Department of Education’s core advocacies.
The group engages school children ages 10-12 with tasks designed to promote positive Filipino traits and inspire them to see themselves as dreamers and future leaders with a volunteer heart. Volunteers usually stay in the beneficiary school to camp. The last day is set aside for local community immersion and exploration. Know more about MAD Camp here bit.ly/madcampinfokit2023.
Registration is now ongoing at bit.ly/madcamp2023reg for a minimal volunteer contribution and on a first come, first served basis.
“A volunteer’s registration fee to a MAD Camp is not a payment for comfort. It is an investment for a lifetime experience,” said Christian Marx Rivero, I am MAD co-founder and chairman. He emphasized that joining the volunteer work of I am MAD is not for leisure but for the lessons they will gain in making a difference together with each other and the communities served.
Reignite the spirit of volunteerism, get ‘MAD’ around the Philippines
With the theme ‘Reignite the MADgic: Celebrating 13 Years of Volunteerism,’ the NGO calls on everyone to rekindle their inner spark in serving, relight their paths forward, reawaken their vision together with the organization, renew their individual passions, and relive the MADgic of volunteerism for the community by joining its outreach around the Philippines.
As schools and provinces reopen for more face-to-face activities, I am MAD is encouraging everyone to be part of its upcoming full in-person volunteer opportunities and get ‘MAD’ in any of the following areas in the country: Albay (April 28-30), Davao Oriental (April 28-30), Sarangani (May 5-7), North Cotabato (June 9-11), Davao de Oro (July 21-23), Nueva Ecija (August 26-28), Quezon (September 15-17), Isabela (October 20-22), Negros Occidental (November 10-12), and Bukidnon (November 24-26).
This year’s MAD Camps mark the return of its full face-to-face community engagements that was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For details and a complete list of the official MAD Camps 2023, visit I am MAD’s Facebook page at fb.com/IamMakingADifference. Watch its Call for Volunteers music video here: bit.ly/Call4VolunteersMusicVideo.
The volunteer group relies on the goodwill of people through fundraisers and the power of social media. Support I am MAD by donating through bit.ly/bidadonate. For partnership requests and other queries, please email [email protected]. Follow and message I am MAD on Facebook (fb.com/IamMakingADifference), Instagram/Twitter/TikTok (@iammad_ph), YouTube (youtube.com/@iammadvolunteers) and listen to the podcast via anchor.fm/iammad or bit.ly/MADTalksSpotify.