Need volunteers? VolunteerMatch has them.

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As a nonprofit, every dollar counts. When you’re trying to accomplish your mission and efficiently get all the work done to support it, volunteers can help make things happen.

Finding good volunteers can be a challenge—whether you need them to:

  • assist with an event
  • help with a key fundraising drive
  • provide office support
  • be advocates to champion your cause
  • or more

teen environment volunteer 11578647sqJustGive’s partner, VolunteerMatch, can be a great resource for your organization. They’re a nonprofit whose mission is tomake it easy for good people and good causes to connect.”

Since 1998, VolunteerMatch has connected nearly 10 million volunteers to organizations they care about.

Find the specific volunteers you need

To get started, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools and other types of community organizations register for free on VolunteerMatch and then post opportunities to attract volunteers in your local area (or from afar if it’s a project they can work on remotely).

volunteer_recycle_man_21430890Volunteers find nonprofits by searching for opportunities by cause, location and even age group. When a volunteer is interested in your organization, you’re notified and can respond directly to them through the VolunteerMatch website.

Not only can the experts at VolunteerMatch help you find good volunteers, but a new book they recently published, “Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World”, can give you a more inventive approach to volunteer engagement:

This insightful collection contains actionable advice on strengthening volunteering. Among other things, you’ll learn how to attract millennials and baby boomers to your cause, the best ways to partner with corporate and pro bono volunteer programs, why micro volunteering may be the future of online giving, and why your supporters are a largely untapped goldmine of fundraising success.

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We’ve partnered with VolunteerMatch to give away a copy of “Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World”. Click here and enter by September 30, 2015 for a chance to win the book. You can also purchase it here and save 25%.

Holiday help

As you head into the busiest giving time of year, don’t forget to tap VolunteerMatch to find volunteers that care about your cause and are eager to help make a difference.

Looking for more resources to help your organization? Check out the rest of our Nonprofit Resources partners and their offers. And to keep up on the latest tips, tools and resources, subscribe to our blog.

– Sarah Bacon
Director of Product

Volunteering Makes the World Go Round: How to Help

Working at JustGive, I am exposed to hundreds of people who donate money to worthy causes, and to the nonprofits working for those causes. On a daily basis, this really renews my faith in humanity, and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. People are amazing!

We offer our services to so many incredible charities, and learning about the great work they do is inspiring. Many of them rely completely on volunteer hours, and have few or no paid employees.

Did you know that more than one of every four Americans volunteers? Combined, we volunteer 7.85 billion hours per year. If you’re looking for a way to add meaning to your life or make a difference in the world around you, volunteering is a great choice.

Where To Begin

First, research the causes that are most important to you. Look for a group that works with issues about which you feel strongly. When you feel passionate about a cause, working for free doesn’t feel like work at all.

Consider the skills you have to offer, or skills you’d like to develop. Many positions require a volunteer who has experience with certain equipment, such as computers, or who possesses certain skills, such as an ability in athletics or communications. However, volunteering is a great chance to develop abilities in areas you might not have tried before. Seek out a volunteer opportunity where you’ll learn something new.

Before you start, make sure the volunteer hours you want to give fit into your hectic life, so you don’t frustrate your family, exhaust yourself, shortchange the organization you’re trying to help or neglect your job. It’s better to start out slowly than to commit yourself to a schedule you can’t fulfill.

Volunteer Locally

The most common places you may think about volunteering,  are soup kitchens or animal shelters. Those are great places. In fact, we have a whole list of ways you can help your local community on our website. But donating your time to the first place that crosses your mind isn’t the only way to give back—in fact, there are a lot of places that might need a helping hand specifically because no one thinks to volunteer there. For example, consider:

  • day care centers
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • public schools and colleges
  • halfway houses
  • community theaters
  • drug rehabilitation centers
  • fraternal organizations and civic clubs
  • retirement centers and homes for the elderly
  • Meals on Wheels
  • animal shelters and sanctuaries
  • church or community-sponsored soup kitchens or food pantries
  • museums, art galleries, and monuments
  • community choirs, bands and orchestras
  • prisons
  • neighborhood parks
  • youth organizations, sports teams, and after-school programs
  • shelters for battered women and children
  • historical restorations, battlefields and national parks

You can also easily find volunteer opportunities on the Internet. Sites like VolunteerMatch allow you to search for nonprofit organizations in your area that are looking for people with specific skills. If you’re a member of AARP, sign up for to receive their Create The Good newsletter and check their site for volunteering ideas and information. And if you missed it, check out our blog post, 20 Great Ways to Give Locally.

Give Your Digital Skills

We now live in a digital age, where an organization’s website is often the first impression it makes. A good website can go a long way! Many charities don’t have the resources to dedicate to creating a social media presence, either, which is vital for connecting with potential supporters.

If you are good with computers, you can help a lot by donating web design skills, graphic design, illustration (infographics anyone?!), SEO, know how to buy backlinks and do social media, or copywriting services. For more information about volunteering your digital services, check out this post from Six Revisions. And find charities that need your services through websites like Grassroots or Taproot.

As an illustrator, I donated my services to design invitations for an animal rescue’s fundraisers. It was fun, I met a lot of amazing people, and I helped a lot of wonderful animals. I highly recommend it!

To the millions of you who volunteer and give, thank you. You inspire me, and you help change the world.

Where do you volunteer? We’d love to hear your advice and experiences—comment below, or join the conversation on Facebook!

—Sara Olsher, Marketing Manager

One Day. Thousands of Blogs. A World of Difference.

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JustGive is excited to take part in Blog Action Day 2009! For one day nearly 7,000 blogs, with more than 11 million readers in 130 countries will write about a single issue—Climate Change. The goal? Raise awareness for an issue that has global importance.

Imagine the difference 11 million people can make. Act locally! Find a charity in your neighborhood and volunteer to plant a tree or clean up a beach. Or visit VolunteerMatch and find on-going or one-time opportunities for everyone. Bring a friend or two and increase your impact.

If 11 million people donated $1 each, the National Arbor Day Foundation can plant 11 million trees. A $25 donation to American Forests plants 25 trees where they are needed most—removing carbon dioxide from the air and cooling the planet. Get five coworkers together and bring lunch tomorrow instead of going out. You’ll save $50, enough to “Adopt an Acre” or “Adopt a Reef” through the Nature Conservancy. The benefits of individuals acting collectively are huge! Join us and take action on October 15, with your gift of time or a donation—and be proud to take part in this international day of change.

Blog Action Day reminds us of the impact one person can make when we act together. Share these ideas with someone today and inspire change for a better tomorrow!

– Sarah Myers, Program Manager

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