Apr. 22 /CSRwire/ -
With over 33,000 available volunteer opportunities, VolunteerMatch makes it possible for anyone to find a way to make a difference. Interested volunteers simply enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch home page at www.volunteermatch.org to receive an up-to-date listing of local volunteer activities. Volunteers may also specify an interest—such as helping children, the homeless or the environment—to refine the list of available opportunities. Signing up is as simple as “point and click.”
“I just want to thank you for your wonderful service,” said Emma Padilla, a volunteer for The Bronx YMCA of Greater New York. “I found the perfect opportunity two blocks from home. I would never have found it without your service.”
Participating organizations have received more than one million volunteer referrals from VolunteerMatch. This is due in large part to the fact that VolunteerMatch is quick and easy to use, saving both volunteers and nonprofit organizations time and effort over traditional methods of volunteer involvement and recruitment. Any nonprofit or tax-exempt organization in the United States can use the service to more efficiently and effectively find the volunteers that they need.
“Thanks to VolunteerMatch, we have had an overwhelming response to our volunteer opportunities. Our program is expanding and best of all, the service is so useful that I can keep up,” said Bev Kay, Board Member at The Holiday Project, a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer visitors to residents of nursing homes and other institutions.
The VolunteerMatch service is free for both volunteers and community service organizations. Since VolunteerMatch is a nonprofit service, it relies upon grants from charitable foundations for most of its funding. However, VolunteerMatch also licenses its technology to corporations like Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Cirque du Soleil to make it easier for employees to make a difference as volunteers. The revenue derived from each license helps offset VolunteerMatch’s reliance on philanthropy, improving the organization’s financial sustainability, and preserving its status as a free public service.
“VolunteerMatch is the bridge that brings volunteers and charitable organizations together on behalf of community needs everywhere,” said Jay Backstrand, president of VolunteerMatch. “National Volunteer Week gives everyone a great reason to log on to VolunteerMatch, find a great volunteer opportunity, and then get out and do good.”
The mission of VolunteerMatch is to help everyone find a great place to volunteer. The online service, available at www.volunteermatch.org, is helping thousands of community service organizations attract the volunteer support they need: since 1998, participating organizations have received more than 1,000,000 volunteer referrals. VolunteerMatch is the recipient of the Webby Awards for “Activism” and “Services,” and has been recognized for its accomplishments by The White House and the Smithsonian Institution.
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