A Whole New World of Volunteer Recruitment

It's a whole new world of volunteer recruitment.Last week, VolunteerMatch rolled out some really exciting new features to our free volunteer recruitment tools. Processes are now even simpler, which means less clicking and more connecting with the right volunteers for your organization! Here are the details:

Fewer Clicks

Perhaps you thought posting a volunteer opportunity on VolunteerMatch was easy before. After all, 5-10 minutes of time, moving through a quick listing flow, doesn’t seem like a lot, right?

Who cares, we were determined to make it EVEN EASIER AND FASTER. As of last week, posting a volunteer opportunity on VolunteerMatch happens in even fewer clicks, all on one clean, clear page. The whole process is quicker and more efficient, and comes with a sleek new look that makes navigating a breeze.

More Skills

You might remember a few years ago when we introduced a new way to post listings that included a skills taxonomy. For the first time, you could officially connect your volunteer opportunities to the skills volunteers have to give.

Now, three years later, we are thrilled to present the next generation of skilled volunteer recruitment at VolunteerMatch. We’ve upgraded from 19 main categories of skills to 32, and our skills library has increased from 132 specific skills to 354 that you can include in your volunteer listing.

With the newly expanded VolunteerMatch skills library, it's even easier to connect with the right volunteers for your nonprofit organization.

That’s a lot of skills! They include a blend of general, more common skills, and industry- and product-specific skills. (For example, you can recruit a Drupal expert, or a music teacher…) The new skills library covers a huge range, so you can be specific and strategic about recruiting skilled volunteers for exactly what you need.

And remember, every time you include skills from the new library in your volunteer listing on VolunteerMatch, the opportunity will automatically appear on LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace, in front of more than 300 million skilled professionals! (Click here for more information about this partnership and how to connect your VolunteerMatch account to your LinkedIn Company page.)

The whole point of these changes is to make it even easier for your nonprofit to connect with the volunteers you really need. And this is just the beginning – stay tuned for even more great enhancements in early 2015…

Let us know how we’re doing in the comments below, and try out the new features today by posting a volunteer opportunity on VolunteerMatch!

For the Love of Animals

A young ASCMV volunteer holds a dog. She frequently walks dogs for the organization.

This ASCMV volunteer adores dogs, and walks any size, any breed. It must run in the family, as her mother is a special events and adoptions volunteer for the organization.

The dog glanced back, eying the person holding his leash mischievously. And in a flash, he wiggled out of his collar and took off. Nimbly weaving through the downtown farmers market, the dog ran through a car wash, jumped over a few fences, and went around a roundabout…twice.

Undaunted, the dog’s caretaker followed persistently, and finally caught up as the dog squeezed his way underneath a shed for a nap. The caretaker didn’t give up, and didn’t try to wait the dog out. Instead, this person got down on the ground, wiggled through cobwebs, and emerged covered in dirt, soaking wet, and victoriously holding onto the rogue dog.

Who was this diligent caretaker? Just your average volunteer at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV), located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. But these volunteers are anything but average.

For ASCMV, volunteers are the physical and emotional lifeblood that enables them to do their important work. Learn how this nonprofit engages and manages dozens of dedicated, passionate and skilled volunteers.

Read more about ASCMV’s volunteer management.

Expert Snapshots for December – International Volunteer Day Edition!

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. And since today is International Volunteer Day, here’s a round-up of some news to keep you inspired…

In pictures: International Volunteering Day

This slideshow published by the BBC features an inspiring collection of photos highlighting local volunteers in developing countries. Putting faces and places to the abstract ideas of international development work can inspire us all to “make change happen.”

Volunteering in the ‘red zone’ of West Africa’s Ebola crisis

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has identified a special focus for this year’s International Volunteer Day on the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. This article in the International Business Times some of the work that’s going on and the organizations on the ground (and their volunteers) making it happen.

Community Service Volunteers Tackle Billion Dollar Burnout Crisis

Volunteering can be exhausting – physically, mentally and emotionally. Expert Dr. ck Andrade is spending her International Volunteer Day (in partnership with organizations like VolunteerMatch), educating nonprofits and volunteers about how to prevent stress and burnout.

Make change happen, volunteer!

For more inspiring stories about all the great stuff happening today and every day around the world, check out the International Volunteer Day website.

 

A #GivingTuesday Message from Your Social Good Enabler

Help us make more volunteer superheroes - and connect more nonprofits with volunteers - by making a small donation to VolunteerMatch.For close to 100,000 nonprofit organizations, VolunteerMatch is content – proud, even – to fade into the background. We are an easy-to-use, free tool for nonprofits to use when connecting with volunteers. We witness with pleasure the impact created by the organizations that use our tools. After all, close to a billion dollars in social value in one year is nothing to sneeze at!

Today, though, we’re taking the opportunity on #GivingTuesday to reach out to our network of volunteers, companies and nonprofit professionals and ask you to help support us as we work to connect even more good people and good causes. We’re asking you to make a small donation to VolunteerMatch.

Did you know that VolunteerMatch is also a nonprofit? Your support means we can continue our work of leveraging technology for social good. We can continue to make sure each cause and each nonprofit organization gets the help it needs to do its important work.

We know you’re busy today with your own fundraising initiatives, working to get important support for your organizations. But if you’ve considered giving to other worthy causes on a personal level, please consider donating to VolunteerMatchAny amount will help us.

After all, should everyone have the chance to make a difference? Help us make more volunteer superheroes by donating to VolunteerMatch today.

Thank you!

Nonprofit Insights: How to Socialize Your Volunteer Recruitment with Google Ad Grants

The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good.

How can Google Grants help your increase your online engagement? Join the free VolunteerMatch webinar.Question: What difference would it make for your organization if you could get $120,000 per year in free advertising?

Good news: you can. Join VolunteerMatch and Eric Facas, founder and CEO of Media Cause, to learn the basics of the Google Ad Grants program.

How to Socialize Your Volunteer Recruitment with Google Ad Grants

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET)

Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VolunteerMatch and #vmlearn.

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Eric will walk you through how to take advantage of this free “perk,” as well as strategies for getting started with your account. We’ll also cover more advanced techniques including supporter growth, volunteer recruitment, and how this program could help supercharge your online engagement.

Register for this free Nonprofit Insights webinar now.