Next time you’re in the stacks at your local library, keep your eyes peeled for your volunteer opportunities. Through an innovative partnership between VolunteerMatch and the California State Library, libraries in the nation’s most populous state will soon be introducing patrons to a new online resource to find ways to make a difference.
The partnership is a part of a larger California State Library initiative, Get Involved: Powered by Your Library, to encourage and tap into the skills and experiences of California volunteers. The new Web site is the cornerstone of project — making it easier for people of all ages to volunteer at local libraries and at nonprofits within the greater community.
In addition to using the site as a hub for advertising their own volunteer openings, the state’s libraries can now point patrons to it as a resource for finding volunteer opportunities with 65,000 participating organizations, including yours. VolunteerMatch is also helping to train library administrators to create new skilled opportunities to engage and inspire patrons within their local branch.
“Volunteer engagement benefits both the library and the community. In their role as information center and community living room, libraries are well positioned to serve as hubs for civic engagement,” said Laura Parker, public information officer for the State Library. “We believe this is a program that other states will want to learn from and implement.”
Over the next year our team will be exploring partnership ideas with other state library systems. Learn more at californialibraries.volunteermatch.org.