JustServe officially launches in Chile

An event in Santiago let organizations and volunteers know how to get started using JustServe in Chile — the 14th country to have the free community service platform

The community service platform JustServe is now operating in the South American country of Chile.

JustServe — known as SirveAhora in Spanish — is a free website and app where organizations can list their volunteer needs and where people can find service opportunities in their area.

The official launch took place on Oct. 19 in an event held at the Mercure Hotel in Santiago. with several representatives of international and local organizations in attendance, reported the Church’s Chile Newsroom.

Ricardo Spencer, a deputy director of communications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns JustServe, said the event explained what JustServe is all about and how organizations and volunteers can get involved.

“We let them know what the application consists of and some successes it has had,” Spencer said.

Church, civic and community leaders attend the official launch of JustServe in Santiago, Chile.
Church, civic and community leaders attend the official launch of JustServe in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 19, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

JustServe’s website is available in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Hungarian. The platform is deployed in differing stages in 14 countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina and now Chile.

In 2022, 14,061 total organizations were represented on the JustServe platform, with 69,115 new registered users, according to the Church’s annual “Caring for Those in Need” report.

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Francisca Salgado, a JustServe specialist and volunteer in Chile, said there is a community need to serve, both in families and by non-profit organizations and groups who are seeking a way to give service opportunities to others.

“That is the miracle of love that occurs between organizations and volunteers, giving and receiving,” Salgado said.

And now officially they have a way “that will allow us to be a bridge of service to the Chilean community,” she said.

Omar Cortés Gaibur, the director of the Oficina Nacional de Asuntos Religiosos (National Office of Religious Affairs), said JustServe will help in particular with providing support to vulnerable groups — such as migrants, domestic violence survivors and women and children in need.

While the Church sponsors the platform, JustServe is free and available for any user, said Cortés, without any religious or political proselytizing.

Lorena Estivales Arratia, ministerial regional secretary of the Metropolitan Region of the Ministry of Social Development and Family, was ready to get started and to spread the word.

“I have a list of projects in my head of non-profit social organizations who have huge dreams of work and lack help, so the JustServe application is very welcome,” she said.

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