The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Community Based Programs: offer the most flexibility. Volunteers are matched with children and can participate in any activities at any time their scheduling permits. For example they can go to a ball game, the library, the park, or just hang out together. Each child is matched with an adult or couple. Volunteers make a commitment to spend a few hours each month (ideally one hour a week every week) with their young friend, for at least a year. Site based programs: these meet once a week, for one hour, at the same location, same time and day of the week. This will be a group setting where volunteers and children can meet at the site location. Hosting an event: We offer all our children and mentors the opportunity to attend special events, giving them the opportunity to get to know each other. You can host an event, part of an event, or arrange for our volunteers and mentors to attend a public event (for example: free admission to a museum, host an Easter Egg Hunt, etc.). Space for site-based programs: Safe, trusted locations that can accommodate a group of volunteers and children for weekly meetings is greatly appreciated. Participating in a fundraiser: Every year we hold a bowling event in which we ask community members to either sponsor a team, or to sign up a team to play and help us raise funds for our programs throughout the year. Manpower for events: sometimes we need a few extra hands to prepare for the bigger events, and we appreciate volunteers to help with the setting up/taking down, registration, etc. for these activities or fundraisers. Opportunities for our kids: we are always happy to receive invitations for our matches (child mentor) to experience something new, on a case-by-case basis (i.e., it need not be for the whole group), like a behind-the-scenes tour of your business. Donations: are always needed! Each match costs about $1000 to support, and funds help us grow our programs to reach more kids. Help us get the word out about our programs, word-of-mouth is more powerful than any advertising campaign!