Create Compelling VolunteerOpportunities on VolunteerMatchTo hear the presentation by phone call:(415) 655-0051Access Code...
2VolunteerMatch Overview“VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for goodpeople and good causes to conn...
VolunteerMatch & Walmart:Fighting Hunger TogetherWhat are our goals?• Support nonprofit organizations that are working to ...
4Agenda• Introduction• Use Best Practices to Create Compelling Opportunities• Put Community Leader Tools to Work for You!•...
5Get Started with Online Recruiting• Introduce your program and your work!– Set the stage – tell your story• Have a “virtu...
6Create Great Opportunities• Make the Title Work for You– Catchy, Fun, Interesting• Keep it Brief– One Opportunity, 100 wo...
7• Provide Direction and Support– Time Commitment, Training, Restrictions• Make it Visually Appealing– Include Pictures, G...
8Best Practices for VolunteerMatch• Title Stands Out– Call to Action• Make Good Use of First Sentence– Visible to prospect...
9MakeYour TitleWork ForYou
10Review Real OpportunitiesLet’s take a look at some examples of good descriptionsand those that could use some work.
11UsingBestPractices
12A ListingthatNeedsWork
13Remember…Your VolunteerMatch listing may be the first time avolunteer learns about your organization:• Use language that...
14ResourcesFighting Hunger Together Resources PageVisit this page for up-to-date training resources and program informatio...
15Thanks for attending!Join us online:Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VolunteerMatchFollow us on Twitter: @Volunteer...
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Fighting Hunger Together: Create Compelling Opportunities on VolunteerMatch

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Using common volunteer opportunities from hunger relief organizations we’ll discuss best practices for creating listings on VolunteerMatch that will appeal to the volunteers you’re looking for to run your programs. We’ll look at before and after listings, and we’ll discuss how to use our Premium Account tools to pre-screen and get to know prospective volunteers before you talk to them. Sample descriptions, custom questions, and useful examples will be provided.

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Fighting Hunger Together: Create Compelling Opportunities on VolunteerMatch

  1. 1. Create Compelling VolunteerOpportunities on VolunteerMatchTo hear the presentation by phone call:(415) 655-0051Access Code: 594-615-399Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager, Education & TrainingMatt Wallace, Senior Associate, Nonprofit RelationsJoin the conversation on Twitter! #VMLearn
  2. 2. 2VolunteerMatch Overview“VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for goodpeople and good causes to connect.”92,206 nonprofits… 75,444 Active Opportunities…. 6,811,091 referrals since 1998• VolunteerMatch has been around for 14 years, and is the top-ranked website for onlinevolunteer recruitment and employee-volunteer programs• Our Learning Center offers over 20 webinar topics focused on volunteer managementand VolunteerMatch tools, serving an audience of over 6,000 attendees each year
  3. 3. VolunteerMatch & Walmart:Fighting Hunger TogetherWhat are our goals?• Support nonprofit organizations that are working to endhunger in local communities.• Provide hunger relief organizations with the resourcesthey need to deploy, manage and expand their volunteerengagement program.• Support, train and share best practices for engagingvolunteers, and creating a multi-faceted relationship withvolunteers – donors, advocates.• Increase visibility of the need for volunteers at hungerrelief organizations.3
  4. 4. 4Agenda• Introduction• Use Best Practices to Create Compelling Opportunities• Put Community Leader Tools to Work for You!• Review Real Opportunities Using Best Practices• Things to Remember• Q&A
  5. 5. 5Get Started with Online Recruiting• Introduce your program and your work!– Set the stage – tell your story• Have a “virtual” conversation– Answer the question “what do volunteers do at yourorganization?”• Prioritize the information you share– What does a volunteer need to know to decide ifthey’re the right volunteer for your program?
  6. 6. 6Create Great Opportunities• Make the Title Work for You– Catchy, Fun, Interesting• Keep it Brief– One Opportunity, 100 words• Word it Simply and Make it Easy to Understand– No Jargon, no acronyms• Make an Impact– Include a Strong Call to Action
  7. 7. 7• Provide Direction and Support– Time Commitment, Training, Restrictions• Make it Visually Appealing– Include Pictures, Graphics. Make use of White Space.• Remember to Edit– Grammar, Spelling• View your Listing as a Volunteer– Use a Critical Eye.Create Great Opportunities
  8. 8. 8Best Practices for VolunteerMatch• Title Stands Out– Call to Action• Make Good Use of First Sentence– Visible to prospective volunteers• Brainstorm and Use Keywords– What kinds of volunteers do you want to find you• Keep Referrals on VolunteerMatch– Information is only useful if volunteers click ‘I Wantto Help!’
  9. 9. 9MakeYour TitleWork ForYou
  10. 10. 10Review Real OpportunitiesLet’s take a look at some examples of good descriptionsand those that could use some work.
  11. 11. 11UsingBestPractices
  12. 12. 12A ListingthatNeedsWork
  13. 13. 13Remember…Your VolunteerMatch listing may be the first time avolunteer learns about your organization:• Use language that is welcoming• Clearly state needs and impacts• Outline any potential ‘deal breakers’• Craft opportunities that will attract thevolunteers you need
  14. 14. 14ResourcesFighting Hunger Together Resources PageVisit this page for up-to-date training resources and program informationhttp://www.volunteermatch.org/fighthungerLearning CenterFind upcoming webinar dates, how-to videos and morehttp://learn.volunteermatch.org/training-topics/fighting-hungerVolunteerMatch CommunityAsk and answer questions after the webinar – use keywords Fighting Hunger Together,Volunteer Managementhttp://community.volunteermatch.org/volunteerQuestions?FightHunger@VolunteerMatch.org
  15. 15. 15Thanks for attending!Join us online:Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VolunteerMatchFollow us on Twitter: @VolunteerMatchVisit Engaging Volunteers, our nonprofit blog:blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/For any questions contact:Jennifer Bennett(415) 321-3639@JenBennettCVAjbennett@volunteermatch.org

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