Time and money: the two things every nonprofit wishes it had more of. While the ultimate question is how to get more of each, one solution to having more time and to make your dollar stretch further is to use volunteers for your nonprofit. Many hands make light work, and using the services of volunteers will free up your own hands so you can focus on the areas of event organizing that require your expertise. But as convenient as having volunteers sounds, finding those volunteers is just another time consuming task to add to your to do list. Fortunately, there are good people out there who have spent their time and effort to create platforms that connect nonprofits with volunteers, so you don’t have to spend too much of your time trying to track them down. Here are three sites (and apps) that will help you get volunteers to your nonprofit events.
GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that enables nonprofits to connect with their members socially much like Facebook. GiveGab is a giving app to help you experience a better way for your nonprofit to raise more, engage more, and do more. One of the benefits of using GiveGab to find volunteers for your event is that GiveGab makes it easy for your volunteers to share their experience volunteering for you. They can upload pictures, share their thoughts, and their friends are able to see where they are volunteering as well, and join along if they want to. You can download this app for free, post your event information, and wait for people to sign up. Not every city has as many users, but the convenient aspect of the app is that it is available anywhere in the U.S.
VolunteerMatch brings good people and good causes together. Nonprofits focus on making their communities and the lives of others better and volunteers are looking for a way to bring that all together. VolunteerMatch does an excellent job of matching volunteers with the nonprofits that best fit their interests through their specific filter options. Volunteers can search for service opportunities based upon their interests, whether they are more people focused, or would rather help behind the scenes. VolunteerMatch is only available in certain cities, so check and see if they are available in yours. If they are, you are in luck for getting some great volunteers for your event which will help you save on budget and stress.
All For Good’s platform is built for volunteer work in your local community to help make it a better place. Volunteers can find ways to sign up for search disaster response, or search for volunteer opportunities that fit their interests. As you are listing your nonprofit on this website, make sure to list the keywords that describe your nonprofit and volunteer opportunity so that you can find the volunteers that match best with your nonprofit. Like VolunteerMatch, All For Good is only available in certain cities, but one of the claims listed on it’s website states that over 64 million searches happened through All for Good last year for 300,000 volunteer projects. If you have an event going on, All for Good will help you connect with the right volunteers for your event.