With Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter beginning to challenge search engines as the primary source of information for many people, it’s clear we’re moving into a new era for the Internet. In the future, many volunteers will discover your opportunities through their social network — not Google.com.
At the same time, social networking tools provide volunteer coordinators with effective new means to communicate with volunteers — especially after disasters.
What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? What organizatons are using these tools effectively to promote their volunteer programs and coordinate supporters?
Join VolunteerMatch’s Victoria Pacchiana on March 23 for a new live VolunteerMatch Web training that will offer an introduction to social media and some of the most popular sites. You’ll also learn about the social media tools available in your VolunteerMatch account that help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites. Victoria is our Online Communications Manager, and coordinator of our own social media networks. (Twitter: @vmconnect)
Robert led VolunteerMatch's communications until 2014 and is editor of Volunteer Engagement 2.0. Today he lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he works with VSO, the leading INGO involving volunteers in the fight against poverty.