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Volunteer Match: Virtual Volunteering

Thursday, July 15, 2010

 

All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help. This week's theme is Virtual Volunteering where you can help out without ever leaving your home.

Today's VolunteerMatch Highlights: Search Engine Optimization | Host an International Exchange Student Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | Database Researcher | Rewrite Articles for Twitter | Fundraiser and Grant Writer | Creative Designer | Helpline Advocate | Online Mentor

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

→ We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.

 

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Greg Baldwin

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Comments [14]

Shir. from Dallas, TX

I am really interested in e-mentoring children who are in developing countries. Is there such an opportunity/program available? Thanks guys.

Feb. 06 2011 07:59 PM

Kudos to WNYC, Brian Lehrer and Greg Baldwin for helping to create an increased awareness of virtual volunteering. Having pioneered online volunteering program development since 1998, wherein I have had the opportunity to deliver workshops and presentations to many non-profit organizations, I know that many such organizations are slow to fully embrace virtual volunteering. Your virtual volunteering theme sholud help to inspire others (both non-profits and the general public alike).

VolunteerMatch.org does indeed offer a number of interesting, rewarding and challenging virtual volunteer opportunities (and from a non-proft's perspective I can also attest that VolunteerMatch does a fine job at recruiting highly-skilled virtual volunteers). And if a potential virtual volunteer does not see an opportunity listed that interests them or that matches their skill set, I suggest they approach a non-profit with a proposal as to how they can help them virtually.

Randy Tyler
http://www.RandyTyler.org

Sep. 25 2010 06:32 PM
Diana from Wanaque, NJ

I volunteer at a small privately-owned cat shelter / adoption facility in Pompton Lakes NJ. We clean and feed twice daily and medicate as needed. Can't do that virtually! We have our shelter listed on Volunteer Match and the site has yielded results for us. So has the banner in the window! It's a great solution for someone who wants a pet but can't have one.

Jul. 15 2010 03:48 PM
John

William brings up a good point with regard to hospitals as businesses. To add to that statement, there have been numerous television advertisements for North Shore LIJ as an example for the respective services offered. Who ever heard of hospitals advertising on television and why?
Interview with the editor of Journal of Health Care Finance on this topic.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126899935

Jul. 15 2010 11:39 AM
Ellen Mahoney from Manhattan

I'm the Director of Volunteers at iMentor. (www.imentor.org) We're a youth mentoring program that matches hundreds of adult volunteers with teenagers in NYC's under-served communities. We combine a weekly email exchange on important topics with monthly in person meetings. The online component adds flexibility for our volunteers and a real depth to the entire experience.

Jul. 15 2010 11:02 AM
William

Since Columbia-Presbyterian is accepting free professional design services, perhaps they could stop sending $40K bills to my cancer-survivor friend for services above and beyond his insurance coverage - even though his oncologist assured him that insurance would cover his treatment. Seriously, hospitals are big business, and can and should pay for professional work.

Jul. 15 2010 10:57 AM
Sandy Cook from Ocean Township, NJ

I am a phtographer and I take photos for one of the local food missions as a volunteer. Picnics etc. The images are used for their websites, literature and to for the clients and day to day volunteers to use and enjoy when exhibited in slide shows.

Jul. 15 2010 10:57 AM
Paul from Manhattan

Gotham Early Music Scene, a WNYC star parnter, has used volunteermatch.com successfully, and we're now enjoying the help of a young virtual volunteer who is monitoring our use of social media. She's already given great advice. She's even offered a conference call to explain how Twitter works to the two baby boomers running GEMS!

Jul. 15 2010 10:55 AM
Amy Koza

I don't know if this counts as virtual volunteering but I have recorded a cd called Blue Sky Lullaby and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the cd go directly to Mapendo International. This organization gives aid to at risk refugees in Africa. The cd is available on line at itunes and cdbaby.

Here a sample at blueskylullaby.com.

Jul. 15 2010 10:54 AM
nycdeb from Manhattan

I did the targeted online marketing for the local chapter of a educational organization. They couldn't afford to hire someone for each state and asked supporters on the ground to do the cross posting and listing submissions. Took those of us who are more internet savvy than the staff less time than it would have taken them - and freed the staff up to do the stuff that they specifically are needed to do.

Jul. 15 2010 10:54 AM
nycdeb from Manhattan

I did the targeted online marketing for the local chapter of a educational organization. They couldn't hire someone for each state and asked supporters on the ground to do the cross posting and listing submissions. Took those of us who are more internet savvy than the staff less time than it would have taken them - and freed the staff up to do the stuff that they specifically are needed to do.

Jul. 15 2010 10:53 AM
AL from Manhattan

I volunteer at a hospice (after work) once a week. I'm sure there are significant contributions to be made virtually, but for me it's all about the personal connection!

Jul. 15 2010 10:51 AM
Tamara from Bronx

Actually, tech or web-based volunteering can go beyond building the capacity of a non profit. A new trend in the world of youth development is supplementing mentoring matches through e-mentoring. This also addresses the fact that technology must be utilized as a method for reaching out and supporting youth.

Jul. 15 2010 10:51 AM
dwight from BK

Volunteering can help build portfolios for freelancers just starting out.

Jul. 15 2010 10:50 AM

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