Press Release

2009-06-18 00:00:00.0

"United" in Service, VolunteerMatch Joins President Obama In Inviting Nonprofits And Volunteers To Make A Difference This Summer

Web’s most popular volunteer network makes it easy for everyone to take part in new national service initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 18, 2009 – At the start of an historic new national service campaign announced by President Obama this week to promote summertime volunteering, VolunteerMatch is reminding Americans that its public Web site, www.volunteermatch.org, makes it easy for individuals to get involved at local nonprofits around the country.

VolunteerMatch is the Web’s leading resource for volunteering. Since 1998, the San Francisco-based organization has connected millions of volunteers to U.S. nonprofits and generated over $1 billion dollars in social value. Any nonprofit can create a free VolunteerMatch account and begin recruiting from its network of more than 10 million annual visitors. Service opportunities that are posted at www.volunteermatch.org are also distributed through a network of hundreds of partner sites around the Web to help nonprofits extend their reach.

Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service with support from the White House, the newly announced United We Serve initiative is a sustained effort to expand the scope of U.S. volunteering to make an impact in local communities. The initiative kicks off on June 22, and runs through the new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, which was formalized in the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act signed into law in April.

Reflecting the objectives on the Serve America Act, the summertime effort focuses on four key areas: education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal.

"This summer, I'm calling on all of you to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation," said President Obama in a video release. "And when I say 'all,' I mean everyone – young and old, from every background, all across this country. We need individuals, community organizations, corporations, foundations, and our government to be part of this effort."

The President’s announcement comes just a few days before the start of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, which takes place in San Francisco from June 22-24. This year’s event is expected to be the largest in history as a U.S. recession continues to sap funding and resources from the nonprofit sector.

"It's going to be a sizzling summer for nonprofits," said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch.

To learn more about the United We Serve initiative:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/United-We-Serve

To post volunteer opportunities:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/post

To find volunteer opportunities:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/search

To register an organization at VolunteerMatch:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/post/register/np/overview.jsp

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is the Web’s largest and most popular volunteer network, and is committed to strengthening communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Its award-winning online service, www.volunteermatch.org, helps visitors find local volunteer opportunities by location, interest area, and/or keyword. The VolunteerMatch network welcomed more than 10 million visitors in 2008, including millions of participants in employee volunteer programs, and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for more than 65,000 nonprofits.





Press Contact

Shari Ilsen
Communications
Phone: 415-241-6884
news@volunteermatch.org