Here at VolunteerMatch, we want to help people find ways to put their skills and energy to good use – to help nonprofits like yours.
We want volunteers to visit VolunteerMatch confident that they’ll have some legitimate, meaningful options to choose from when deciding where to get involved. We want volunteers to have the information they need about each and every opportunity to really assess whether it would make sense for them.
That experience is what keeps people coming back to find more opportunities and connect with more organizations. It’s what makes people want to tell their friends about all the great stuff they’ll find on VolunteerMatch. It’s what ultimately gets YOU the volunteers you need for your organization!
When you post your volunteer needs, you can help us make sure VolunteerMatch remains the respected, viable network of volunteer and community service opportunities that people know and love. Here are some things to think about when posting your new opportunities (or editing your existing ones!):
1. A VolunteerMatch opportunity IS aimed at helping volunteers find activities at your organization, so make sure to list specific active tasks that you need help with.
2. A VolunteerMatch opportunity ISN’T a place for you to advertise your website. No phishing allowed. We do have some great sponsorship opportunities, though, if you’re looking to direct traffic to your own website.
3. A VolunteerMatch opportunity IS an unpaid position. We know some volunteer opportunities involve compensation, which is fine! If you’re offering a stipend or any financial compensation to your volunteers, just make sure it’s no more than the federal minimum wage.
4. A VolunteerMatch opportunity ISN’T a direct fundraising solicitation. However, we realize how integral volunteers are for your fundraising efforts! A VolunteerMatch Opportunity IS a great place to recruit fundraisers, NOT funds.
5. A VolunteerMatch opportunity IS a place to set expectations with your volunteers, including whether you’d like them to help provide materials for an active task. For example, providing yarn for knitting blankets is okay.
6. A VolunteerMatch opportunity IS a place be upfront about volunteer costs. No bait and switch. We realize there are costs involved with some volunteer opportunities (VolunTourism, Disaster Relief, etc). If volunteers need to “pay to play”, let them know in your VolunteerMatch opportunity.
7. A VolunteerMatch opportunity IS a way to engage folks from all over the world. If the opportunity is marked “virtual” it must be equally accessible and equally relevant to volunteers located anywhere in the world. Writing newsletter articles, researching and writing grant proposals, or providing phone support are all examples of virtual opportunities.
8. A VolunteerMatch opportunity ISN’T something to duplicate in every zip code! Don’t spoil volunteer opportunity search results for volunteers. Your opportunities are visible for a 20-mile radius around the zip code they are listed within. Don’t create multiple identical opportunities in zip code after zip code. Nobody likes spam. If you need to cover a larger geographic area, use our Multi-ZIP feature, available when you publish your opportunity.
Making sure your opportunities fall within these guidelines will ultimately serve both your organization and the network of volunteers we all rely on to move our missions forward.
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