Marc – Managing Partner.
My name is Marc van der Meer, 52, Dutch, in daily business I’m freelance consultant and project manager in digital communication and live with Carmen in a nice city called Dortmund in Germany. I’m dad of Joey (19) and Jule (18), volunteer, Ajax Amsterdam fan, a bit Borussia Dortmund, I love cycling, traveling, cooking and drawing.
For two weeks, between Christmas and New Year 2015/’16, I volunteered on the beaches of the Greek island Kos and met many international volunteers who gave up their jobs or, like me, took unpaid leave while paying from their own pocket for flights and accommodation. This to be able to help other people in need.
After my return in January 2016, I took half a year sabbatical to reset my mind and to consider how I can do something good for others. In May 2016 the idea was born. Because not everyone is wiling or able to pay to volunteering as I did, I would like to help them and started the first preparations of the now founded non-profit international driven initiative „Volunteers’ Help“. As it seems to be now, the charity idea, sponsoring volunteers on global level for everyone up to 18 years and older, is unique in the world. Because we don’t want that others are going to make profit, we have registered this charity model with the help of an specialized accountant in Mainz.
Since that time Martin and I are continuously working on this project with all it’s obstacles. Lost of our free-time we spend on this innovative idea. We are dealing with a lot of different tasks and at the meantime we found the initiative in Switzerland. If we are done with that we consider to roll this charity out in Germany, The Netherlands and USA. More details of the status of the project you find here.
Martin – Financial Partner.
I’m Martin Spaetig, 58, Swiss and live in the hills close to Bern. In daily business I’m Chief Financial Officer of a Swiss healthcare company, and do part-time work as a management consultant.
I’m volunteering for more local initiatives e.g. serving on the board of a non-profit organization combining social and ecological objectives. I’m EHC Biel (ice hockey) and Boston Red Sox fan, and I cycle a lot as well. In the summer I love hiking in the Swiss mountains. With my financial and strategic know-how I’m happy to support Marc as friend and companion.