Tap into existing online volunteer networks to engage an active community of people looking to make a difference.
There are numerous organizations that make volunteering easy and accessible through user-friendly websites and regular email updates. Chicago Cares
http://www.chicagocares.org, for example, is an organization that works with Chicago community leaders to identify targeted projects and causes, and then utilizes a vast membership base to mobilize volunteers.
Some of the cool features include an interactive ‘Opportunities Calendar’, user-friendly filters like ‘who would you like to serve’, and a count down of remaining spots for each activity. The organization also sends out weekly emails which describe ‘Hot Projects and News for the Week’ – including special events and/or undersubscribed programs that really need volunteers. An organization like Chicago Cares may be a great match for launching on-going programs and special, large-scale events to promote advocacy, awareness, registration and donation.
In addition, volunteer organizations are often supported or adopted by major corporations who use the platform to sponsor and promote specific initiatives and/or offer unique volunteer opportunities for their employees. Obtaining ‘corporate sponsorship’ – particularly from an organization that promotes employee participation - could be an effective way a to increase donors and build local ownership, support and compassion for initiative.
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