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VolunteerMatch Reports Record Level of Volunteer Activity

Published 08-14-03

Submitted by VolunteerMatch

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Last month, more people than ever before went online to find a volunteer opportunity. VolunteerMatch, the nonprofit web service dedicated to bringing volunteers together with the organizations that need them, reports that it generated nearly 40,000 volunteer referrals in July, 2003—over 5,000 more referrals than the service averages each month.

“I just want to say thank you,” said Illinois hospital volunteer Ruth Gonzalez. “You guys made it so much easier for me. Rather then having to make calls and go driving around all I had to do is just put my name in and what I was looking for and the nonprofit called me!”

With over 30,000 available volunteer opportunities, VolunteerMatch offers something for everyone. Interested volunteers simply enter their ZIP code on the public 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 easy as “point and click.”

To date, participating organizations have received more than one million volunteer referrals from VolunteerMatch. This is due in large part to the fact that VolunteerMatch saves both volunteers and nonprofit organizations time and effort over traditional methods of volunteer involvement and recruitment. In fact, 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.

“On behalf of everyone at Shane's Inspiration, thank you for providing a most needed service to those of us in the nonprofit world,” said Marci Moran, a program associate for the organization dedicated to making playgrounds accessible for children with disabilities. “The volunteers we have used through your organization have been the most helpful, interested souls who show wonderful enthusiasm for the children we serve.”

The core VolunteerMatch service is without cost for both volunteers and nonprofits. Itself a nonprofit, VolunteerMatch relies upon grants from charitable foundations for most of its funding, and also licenses its technology to companies like Dell Computer, Washington Mutual, and Cirque du Soleil to make it easier for employees to volunteer. The revenue derived from corporate licenses improves VolunteerMatch’s sustainability, and strengthens its capacity as an effective public service—and one of the few online social services available.

“Your service has been nothing short of a godsend for us,” said John Petroff, founder of Professional Education Organization International. “Without a penny—since we have no funding of any kind—we have been able to expand and improve the service we provide to disadvantaged students all over the world with the help of the volunteers that contacted us with your assistance. You are truly outstanding. Thank you very, very much.”

For more information on VolunteerMatch, visit www.VolunteerMatch.org.

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is the nonprofit organization with a mission to help everyone find a great place to volunteer. We offer a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Since 1998, this community has helped thousands of nonprofits attract over 1,000,000 volunteer referrals. VolunteerMatch is the recipient of 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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VolunteerMatch is the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, strengthening communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Founded in 1998, the organization annually supports more than 11 million visitors, 96,000 participating nonprofits and 160 network partners who have built their programs on VolunteerMatch's community involvement platform. As a nonprofit social enterprise, VolunteerMatch works toward financial self-sufficiency through a diversified portfolio of fee-based services including premium volunteer recruitment tools and solutions for nonprofit organizations, enterprise volunteer engagement services for companies and campuses, and marketing and sponsorship programs for brands. For more information on our CSR solutions, visit solutions.volunteermatch.org.

 

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