January 19, 2009

Web Site for Volunteers Gets Upgrade for National Day of Service

Many charities are using today’s Martin Luther King holiday as an opportunity to publicize efforts to increase volunteerism.

The Web site VolunteerMatch, for example, used the National Day of Service to unveil a new online service that allows people to find volunteer opportunities using Google Earth.

Potential volunteers can use the service to find pportunities at more than 62,000 nonprofit organizations.

The Google Earth mapping service is an online tool that allows prospective volunteers to enter in the name of a city, street, or zip code and see the closest available opportunities on an interactive map.

To show how the Google Earth tool works, VolunteerMatch has produced a video demonstration, which is available on YouTube.

Is your organization using the King holiday to promote a new program or to raise awareness about your activities? Click on the comments link below this post to tell us what you have done.