For all of METNY:Who: Volunteermatch.org is a website that connects non profits to volunteers by asking the volunteer what they are intrested in and connecting them to a non profit in their area. There are 103,351 participating organizations, 9,941,555 volunteers matched, and 99,232 volunteering opportunities.
What: Volunteermatch.org connects non profits to volunteers by locating the volunteer and asking them what type of community service they are interested in. They then pair the volunteer to a variety of nonprofits in their area that have focus areas in the areas of service they are interested in. The non profits then post volunteering opportunities on the site so that anyone interested can find out about them.
Where: Volunteermatch is a nation wide organization with its most active cities being Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco and New York. They have volunteer opportunities all over the tri-state area, and all of them are very easily accessible.
When: Volunteermatch has volunteering opportunities everywhere very often. This would be a great website for chapters to use to create SA/TO programs.
Who: Run through the AARP, Create the Good is an online network of people who want to volunteer and organizations looking for volunteers. There are over 7,000 service opportunities ranging from simple activities to more complex projects that are time-flexible. Create the Good has suggested options based on the volunteer's location, interests, skills, and time frame. This website is used mostly by seniors but there are opportunities for volunteers of all ages.
What: This website acts as a platform for connecting people through service work and experiences. There are links to current volunteer opportunities, projects that have been successful in the past, and stories from Create the Good’s members. There are projects related to many topics such as hunger, education, health, the environment, veterans and more.
Where: Create the Good connects volunteers and organizations all over the nation. Volunteer options are all over the Metropolitan New York area and are easily accessible.
When: There are opportunities often and close to many USY chapters. This website also has many social action ideas that could help chapter SA/TOs come up with ideas for programming.
Who: Homeless Shelter Directory is a resource for those in need and volunteers alike. It is a for profit organization linking people in need with people and places who are able to help.
What: This website is filled with links divided up by cities around New York. They provide links to Soup Kitchens, Food Pantries, and Food Banks. They also provide a snippet of information about each place listed.
Where: Homeless Shelter provides links to many Soup Kitchens, Food Pantries, and Food Banks located in and around New York/The Tri-State Area. Chapter SATOs will be able to click on a city close to their Chapter and plan/organize events with those places.
When: Chapter SATOs can look in this directory and find a Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, or Food Bank then contact them asking for hours they are open and could use volunteers. SATOs can also organize food drives throughout the year.
Who: A NYC based company that works with people raising awareness about different social issues in a creative way. The website includes a wide variety of campaigns and touches on lots of different topics.
What: DoSomething has creative campaigns and ways of raising awareness for most causes including animal rights, texting and driving, discrimination, racism, misunderstandings of mental illnesses, making people feel good about themselves in general and much more.
Where: Programs from DoSomething can be done anywhere. People could work on the campaigns at home and share them online or they can be done at chapter events, etc.
When: If there is a SATO theme for the month there may be a campaign going on that relates to the theme. Also, if something big happened in the news that relate to a project it could be used.
What: By using this link you can connect to so many different volunteer opportunities in your area.
Where: Chapter SA/TOs can search for volunteer opportunities based on their county. They can then contact the organization and find where exactly they can work with them.
When: Chapter SA/TOs can work with the organizations to figure out a time that works with both the chapter and organization’s schedule.
Who: Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a nationally recognized organization. MADD is a community of people who have been affected by the dangers of drunk or drugged driving. Most of those that are involved have either been victims of crashes or have family members who were involved with drugged driving accidents.
What: MADD's goals are to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, support survivors and people affected by drugged driving, and to eventual end similar instances. They provide personal stories from these people.
Where: TO funds can be raised for this organization during events at any level (chapter, divisional, regional)
When: if there is a SATO theme for the month about awareness this could relate.
**Thank you to the amazing Social Actions/Tikun Olam Regional General Board for putting this together!