At the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit, held December 1-2 in Oakland, CA, we learned from corporate social responsibility experts about engaging corporate volunteers and partnering with nonprofits. In this series of blog posts, we’ll share with you the valuable insights offered at sessions and by speakers. Up today: Greg Baldwin, VolunteerMatch.
“Over the next 5 years, we have the power to unlock enormous change,” says Greg Baldwin, President, VolunteerMatch. Greg sees the VolunteerMatch Summit as a place where change begins. “[We’re] trying to build the tools and technologies to unlock that enormous potential and that enormous power for us to change the world that we live in to make it the world that we want to live in,” he continues.
In his interview from the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (video below), Greg also discusses why volunteer-related technology is powerful but needs to be supplemented with face-to-face interaction.
“Technology is our world, 364 days of the year. But volunteering is all about human, personal communication,” says Greg. “It’s really a privilege to be able to host an event where people can come and take those online relationships and really amplify them, and deepen them, and enrich them by meeting face-to-face and talking about what’s happening in their lives, and creating new connections and new possibilities for engagement in the local community.”
Find out what else Greg has to say about technology, face-to-face communication, volunteerism, and the VolunteerMatch Summit by watching his interview: