“What are you up do this weekend?”
Have you ever been asked that question by a coworker, friend, or acquaintance, and realized with sudden joy that you don’t have a single thing planned?
It’s kind of a great feeling, isn’t it?
The next question is: What are you going to do with your unexpected free time? Of course, you have unlimited options, but one great option is to volunteer.
You log onto VolunteerMatch.org to find an opportunity for this Saturday. You pull up a list of opportunities near you based on your interests, and you scan through a long list to see if you can find something on the date you need. It takes some searching before you find a good match.
On 4/14, we’re releasing a new feature that will make this process a lot easier.
Users will see a calendar on their home page. Choosing a location and clicking on a date will make it possible to see all the volunteer opportunities in the area on that specific date.
So what does this mean for you, the nonprofit?
Before Tuesday 4/14, log into your VolunteerMatch account and add dates to your volunteer opportunities, if they don’t already have one. This will make it more likely that your listing will be found by those looking for date-specific opportunities. (This doesn’t apply to ongoing, non-date-specific opportunities, of course.)
But wait, we’re not done yet! Starting 4/14, we’re also launching the new volunteer connection detail pages.
What do you need to know?
Instead of getting “referrals” (people interested in volunteering with you), you’ll get “connections”. They mean the same thing. However, the connection details will look a lot nicer, and tell all about the prospective volunteer, including skills, resume, location and picture. Check it out:
It will be simpler than ever to connect with the right volunteers for your organization.
And don’t forget! Add dates to your volunteer listings now to get them found by more prospective volunteers.