One of the SSVP’s hallmarks is local action initiated by volunteers who live locally. The society does not send out staff into the field, but relies instead on an international network of volunteers. These volunteers take action close to home and respond to local needs in an environment they know like the back of their hand. As a result, the Society’s action throughout the world is extremely diverse: healthcare, agriculture, education, housing, professional training, assisting elderly, disabled, lonely and excluded people, etc.
Thanks to donations, the Society has funds to provide emergency aid and rehabilitation for victims of natural and humanitarian disasters, as well as finance development projects.