Don’t know where to lend your time?

May 12, 2009

If you’re checking out this blog, chances are you’re probably an avid volunteer – or at least looking to become one.

There’s surely no shortage of opportunities to do so.  In fact, it’s the overwhelming abundance of people and organizations in need that can make finding the volunteer opportunity that suits you more daunting than it should be.

That’s where VolunteerMatch comes in.

The site, which has been referring volunteers since 1998, matches you with opportunities by your location (city, state or ZIP), and a few keywords of what you’re interested in (i.e., environment, children).

This two-pronged search format can 1) if you know what position you want, eliminate the frustration of not being able to locate one of that type in your area, or 2) if you have a set location you want to work from, expand your potential positions by providing everything available in that area.

And, if you’re unable to volunteer regularly in person, VolunteerMatch’s homepage has a “Virtual Opportunities” section to find something that can be done from home or over the internet.

If you already work for a nonprofit, you can register to use VolunteerMatch as a recruiting tool.

You can also make a monetary donation to keep VolunteerMatch running strong.


2 Responses to “Don’t know where to lend your time?”

  1. Maria, what a great blog! I stumbled upon this blog while reading about the Central Asia Institute. I am really intrigued by this Volunteer Match program. I work for a small non-profit called Ascend Alliance, and I am considering integrating this into our program here to attract more volunteers. Thanks for the great blog posts and keeping people involved!

  2. I was glad to run across your post about volunteerism. When it comes to getting involved with schools, I put together a blog post on easy ways to support education. Hope you like it!

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