The Volunteer Involving Organization Society (VIO Society) started in 2004 as a loose network under the name Volunteer Involving Organizations Network (VIO). It is an amalgamation of organizations that work in development through and with volunteers to promote volunteerism as a means to development. It was officially inaugurated in May 2008 and finally registered as a Society in September 2014.

It is a national network whose membership is open to government, international and national non-governmental organizations, institutions, foundations, corporates and community based organizations across the Republic of Kenya. It has a National Secretariat, headed by a National Coordinator based in Nairobi. The Secretariat has a desk at the Ministry responsible for Volunteering – East Africa Community Affairs, Labour and Social Protection.

Since its formation, the network has strived to take lead in streamlining volunteerism in the country. However, it has also gone through a share of challenges including but not limited to developing its structures. In 2014, the network became more rejuvenated.

To this effect, with good will from the membership and cordial collaboration with the government we have worked together to develop a National Volunteerism Policy and a Draft National Volunteerism Bill.

The Policy was adopted by the Cabinet in February 2016 and finally launched by the Deputy President in December 2016. The Draft Bill was done through a consultative process leb by the Ministry and the Kenya Law Review Commission.

The VIO Society recognizes the unique programs offered by each member organization and where appropriate enter into partnerships to enhance volunteerism in Kenya

Given our uniqueness and closer working relationship with the government, we are today the only National structure which acts as a coordinating link between government and International, National and Local voluntary organizations in Kenya. Our members have been involved in different areas of voluntary activities aimed at development and peace.


A synergized volunteer community


To engage in research, advocacy, networking, partnerships and training to promote volunteerism

  • To enhance networking, partnerships and resource mobilization among member and nonmember organizations, drawing from and impacting their experience in working with and through volunteers
  • Provide a forum for activities that enhance and improve the profile of volunteerism in Kenya, including organizing the International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrations, Volunteer of the Year Awards (VOYA) and International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD) and other related activities in partnership with relevant stakeholders and disseminating information to the public
  • To develop, research, gather, update and disseminate information on the contributions of volunteers and volunteer involving organizations (VIOs) to the national economy.
  • To provide a common coordinating center for volunteers and volunteerism related matters in Kenya
  • To form branches to be able to effectively carry out its objects across the country.