Ever dream about cloning yourself so your clone could go to work for you while you gallivant around town all day? Admittedly, I have. That’s why the VolunteerMatch Member feature copy opportunities is my favorite feature!
I know what you’re thinking—this tool can’t put on a shirt, pair of pants, and drive to work for you. That’s true. But what it can do is help you work smarter rather than harder, and recruit better, more qualified volunteers in less time. And unlike a human cloning machine, this tool is as easy as 1-2-3: copy an existing opportunity when you want; only change what you need.
By making it easier for you to create new opportunities from an existing template, copy opportunities frees up your bandwidth for tasks that might be more elaborate, such as engaging and retaining volunteers.
Here’s how it works.
About Copy Opportunities
To copy a volunteer opportunity, first become a VolunteerMatch Member. Then, from your dashboard, click on the pencil icon located under the “Manage” column to select the opportunity you wish to copy.
Once you’re on that opportunity’s page, click “Copy” in the “Actions” box. You’ll be taken to a page where you can make changes to your new volunteer opportunity while maintaining your version of the original. Once everything looks good, click “Save” towards the bottom of the page to save a draft of your new opportunity.
When you’re ready to share your volunteer opportunity with our network of seven million registered volunteers (and counting), click “Publish” in the “Actions” box. Pretty simple, right? But don’t take our word for it. Read what your peers have to say about copy opportunities, and how it’s helped them recruit better volunteers faster.
“We have a lot of opportunities spread out over a wide geographic area, so it’s very useful to be able to easily copy and publish opportunities to match different areas,” says Arbor Otalora-Fadner of CommonBond Communities.
“[Copy opportunities] helps me take really good posts and modify them for use elsewhere. It’s a big time saver,” says Susan Wolford of Columbus Metropolitan Library. “Where VolunteerMatch makes a difference is for the more remote locations with positions that are harder to recruit. It’s like this big ‘shout out’ to the universe, and people who don’t normally cross our paths step up to help out.”
“We have many of the same opportunities each year so it is also helpful to be able to copy them,” says Julie Schaal of Success Beyond the Classroom.
To help you make the most of our platform, we offer additional support for VolunteerMatch Members through our Help Center articles and Learning Center webinars. If you’re looking to address and resolve your volunteer recruitment challenges, learn how becoming a VolunteerMatch Member can help.