Searching for a volunteer opportunity? Look no further than your cell phone.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that in a world where you can track calories, sports scores and/or celebrity gossip on your mobile smartphone, you can find local volunteer listings at the touch of a screen.
Here’s a sneak peek:
The app, released in March 2010, matches volunteers with listings based on their location, skill set and availability.
VolunteerMatch.org is the largest online database of volunteer opportunities.
The VolunteerMatch app was released with the pro bono help of imc2, a brand marketing company.
Of the inspiration for the app, imc2 developer Jonathan Feinstein said:
I was thinking about how we could really use our professional talent and expertise to make a difference for the volunteer movement more broadly. I was aware of VolunteerMatch, and I knew you were the go-to database for volunteer opportunities across the country. I thought, “What if we worked with VolunteerMatch to provide opportunities to people on the go?”
I downloaded the app and did a quick local search.
The app is simple, easy to use and did I mention, FREE. Check it out for volunteer listings on-the-go.
But say you want to volunteer from your phone? There are several apps for that.
Blogger Dale Zak dives into the idea of “micro-volunteering:”
“For me, the future of volunteering is finding ways to fit meaningful experiences into small amounts of time that are much more conducive to [people's] hectic, busy lives, and if we’re going to reach them in small amounts of spare time, then the device that makes the most sense to do that is the smartphone.”
Check out his blog post for a list of micro-blogging apps.
Zak features the micro-volunteering platform the Extraordinaires. Here’s their promotional video (which helps clear up any confusion about the definition of micro-volunteering:
As Zak says, “Mobile devices are changing the way we work and live, and also the way we volunteer. They are being used to aid traditional volunteerism, enable micro-volunteering and allow unique ways to indirectly volunteer.”
How will your volunteering habits change in light of this new technology?
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