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Motorola Foundation Enables Launch of National Voice Response System for Volunteers at 1-800-Volunteer

Submitted by: Points of Light

Categories: Volunteerism

Posted: Nov 12, 2007 – 09:00 AM EST


Nov. 12 /CSRwire/ - WASHINGTON, DC - November 12, 2007 - In partnership with the Motorola Foundation, Points of Light & Hands On Network has redesigned its national, toll-free voice response system for volunteers, 1-800-Volunteer (1-800-865-8683). Launching November 12, 2007 the new system will connect potential volunteers to local organizations and more efficiently enable the mobilization and management of volunteers during large-scale disasters.

"Motorola is pleased to support this valuable service that enables volunteers to be connected where their skills and abilities are needed most," said Eileen Sweeney, Director of the Motorola Foundation.

According to Jonathan Gibbs, VP for Technology Ventures at Points of Light & Hands On Network, "This easy-to-use phone system provides valuable information on how to help during and after disasters, and allows potential volunteers to find and connect to locally-based Volunteer Centers that serve as clearinghouses for volunteer opportunities in their community."

The portfolio of 1-800-Volunteer products also includes the 1-800-Volunteer.org website - one of the largest volunteer management software and recruitment systems. This leading-edge technology platform provides comprehensive tools for volunteer managers, enabling them to match volunteer skills with community needs, coordinate volunteer schedules and recognize volunteers for their outstanding service. The application now supports more than 200 community Volunteer Centers and 30,000 nonprofits nationwide and also powers large-scale volunteer management systems including VolunteerLouisiana.gov, VolunteerMississippi.org, VolunteerWashington.org, the University of Virginia's health care system and the American Kidney Fund.

About Points of Light & Hands On Network

Points of Light & Hands On Network inspires and mobilizes people to become engaged, take action and solve community problems. The organization supports a robust network of 370 affiliates, covering 83% of the U.S. market, with eight international locations. Collectively, they mobilize millions of volunteers who partner with thousands of nonprofits, schools and community organizations every year. By cultivating a dynamic network of linked civic hubs, corporate partners, nonprofits, and citizen leaders who engage volunteers in meaningful community change, they are building a change movement - achieving scale and impact by inspiring a culture of service and offering practical tools, new ideas and innovation to the civic space. For more information, visit www.PointsofLight.org or www.HandsOnNetwork.org

About the Motorola Foundation

The Motorola Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information, on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorola.com/giving.

For more information, please contact:

John Jowers Points of Light & Hands On Network
Phone: 404.979.2941


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