May 31st, 2012
United Way’s Volunteer Center wants to make it easier for volunteers and nonprofits to find each other based on interests, skills and mutual attraction. And they’re hoping the new technology they are using can do just that.
The Volunteer Center is utilizing new technology from the HandsOn Network to better serve this area’s volunteers and nonprofit organizations. This involves the launching of a new Volunteer Center website (www.iHelpChattanooga.org)and developing new communication channels to reach those who want to help.
Recently United Way of Greater Chattanooga added the SMS Volunteer Team application to www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org. Potential volunteers can register their cell phone numbers and be notified by SMS text when a job that meets their interests in one of three areas – Education, Disaster Services, or Basic Community Needs – becomes available. United Way’s website uses a secure data capture system and adheres to a strict policy of never sharing volunteers’ or donors’ information with any other parties under any circumstances.
The system seems to be working. During the recent storms, approximately 50 volunteers were notified and matched with available disaster recovery volunteer positions through the SMS system and iHelpChattanooga.org.
For more information on how to volunteer or on how to become an iHelpChattanooga.org partner, visit www.iHelpChattanooga.org, contact United Way’s Volunteer Center at (423) 752-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iHelpChattanooga.org has many different features designed to help volunteers and nonprofits find that perfect match:
Volunteer Opportunity Management
Volunteer Team Management
Special Event Management
Volunteer Administration Tools
Posted by Kelley Nave
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