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VolunteerMatch Teams Up with Corporation for National and Community Service to Promote U.S. Volunteering Trends

Submitted by: VolunteerMatch

Categories: Volunteerism, Community Development

Posted: Jul 28, 2008 – 04:30 PM EST

 

A search for a volunteer opportunity at Web's leading volunteer matching Web service now reveals how local communities compare in volunteering and service.

Jul. 28 /CSRwire/ - July 28, 2008 - In an innovative partnership that brings together the nation's leading volunteer matching Web service and the most comprehensive research on U.S. volunteering ever assembled, VolunteerMatch today launched a promotion with the Corporation for National and Community Service to educate Web users about the trends and demographics underlying service in America.

Through the partnership, volunteers searching for local opportunities at www.volunteermatch.org can now learn how their city or state ranks nationally against other communities. The data comes from Volunteering in America: 2008 State and City Trends & Rankings, the second annual report by the Corporation for National and Community Service to take a detailed look at volunteering habits and trends at the city level. The report is based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, and showcases how demographics, geography, and other trends impact volunteering levels.

According to the new report, the Twin Cities metro region took top honors in 2007 among large cities while residents of Provo, Utah, volunteered more than any other midsize city. On a state level, residents of Utah volunteered more per capita than any other state, followed by Nebraska and Minnesota.

This year, for the first time, the Corporation has created an interactive Web site, www.VolunteeringinAmerica.gov, where visitors are invited to use tools to produce custom trend reports, see demographic charts, and learn more about the benefits of volunteering.

"We're delighted to work with the Corporation to educate our users about issues of service and involvement where they live," said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. "This is an audience with a passion for making a difference, and as they search for their favorite causes we think they will be very interested in how their community compares."

"By giving a look under the hood about how and where people volunteer, VolunteeringinAmerica.gov tells us a lot about engaging tomorrow's volunteers," said Corporation CEO David Eisner. "We appreciate VolunteerMatch making this goldmine of volunteering data easy to find for its users."

For more information:

To search VolunteerMatch.org for a volunteer opportunity, please visit:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/advanced.jsp
For more about Volunteering in America:
http://www.VolunteeringinAmerica.gov
For more about VolunteerMatch:
http://www.volunteermatch.org
For more about the Corporation for National and Community Service:
http://www.nationalservice.org


About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. The VolunteerMatch network welcomes eight million visitors each year and has become the preferred recruiting service for nearly 60,000 charitable organizations. A recipient of Webby Awards for "Activism" and "Services," VolunteerMatch was selected as a "Top 10 Web Site" for 2007 by TIME and voted "Best .org Web site" at the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Conference. For its accomplishments, the organization has been recognized by the White House, M.I.T, and the Smithsonian Institution.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant maker for volunteering and service. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. It is working with USA Freedom Corps and a broad-based coalition of nonprofit, corporate, and government leaders to increase the number of volunteers in America to 75 million by the year 2010. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.org.

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 415-241-6865

For more from this organization:

VolunteerMatch

 

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