400,000+ Volunteer Connections Made on VolunteerMatch; Dot Org Committed to Social Service Helps Hundreds of Thousands Volunteer

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from VolunteerMatch

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- While dot
 coms struggle for survival, VolunteerMatch.org, the Internet nonprofit
 committed to volunteer service in America, is celebrating a historic
 milestone:  the achievement of over 400,000 connections between volunteers and
 14,000+ charitable organizations throughout the U.S.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001219/SFTU029LOGO )
     Thanks to VolunteerMatch, at www.volunteermatch.org, hundreds of thousands
 of people are now using the Internet to get involved in meaningful volunteer
 opportunities nationwide.  In fact, of the 400,000 volunteer signups that have
 originated from VolunteerMatch since the site's introduction in late 1998,
 more than 200,000 of these matches have come in the past 12 months, an
 increase of nearly 150%.
     Every day, VolunteerMatch generates more than 500 new volunteer sign
 ups-people like VolunteerMatch's 400,000th match: Julia Richardson of Los
 Angeles.  Julia volunteered to help Seniors through the nonprofit CareXchange
 program.  CareXchange has received nearly 600 matches from VolunteerMatch
 since it began using the nonprofit site more than a year ago.
     "Through VolunteerMatch we find volunteers who are committed to caring for
 others," said Sue Costa, CareXchange team leader.  "We are proud to be
 involved with VolunteerMatch."
     Volunteers merely enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch home page to
 find volunteer opportunities in over 4,000 communities throughout the U.S.,
 and simply click on an opportunity of interest to sign up.  It's quick and
 easy, saving both volunteers and nonprofit organizations time and effort over
 traditional methods of volunteer involvement and recruitment.
     "Four hundred thousand matches is a lot of volunteers, and we are making
 more and more connections every day," said Jay Backstrand, founder of
 VolunteerMatch.  "VolunteerMatch continues to leverage the Internet to help
 people and nonprofits come together on behalf of community needs everywhere."
 
     About VolunteerMatch
     VolunteerMatch (www.volunteermatch.org) is the nonprofit web site
 dedicated to using the power of the Internet to help people help each other.
 As the world's largest online database of volunteer opportunities,
 VolunteerMatch makes it easier than ever before to volunteer.  Volunteers
 enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch home page to find local, national
 and 'Virtual' volunteering opportunities, customized to interests and
 schedule.  VolunteerMatch has already made over 400,000 connections between
 volunteers and 14,000+ nonprofit organizations nationwide, providing real-
 world community assistance in 4,000+ U.S. cities.  VolunteerMatch has received
 awards from the Smithsonian Institution and MIT, and been recognized for its
 social service efforts on The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and in The Wall
 Street Journal, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping and
 Parade.
 
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SOURCE VolunteerMatch
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- While dot
 coms struggle for survival, VolunteerMatch.org, the Internet nonprofit
 committed to volunteer service in America, is celebrating a historic
 milestone:  the achievement of over 400,000 connections between volunteers and
 14,000+ charitable organizations throughout the U.S.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001219/SFTU029LOGO )
     Thanks to VolunteerMatch, at www.volunteermatch.org, hundreds of thousands
 of people are now using the Internet to get involved in meaningful volunteer
 opportunities nationwide.  In fact, of the 400,000 volunteer signups that have
 originated from VolunteerMatch since the site's introduction in late 1998,
 more than 200,000 of these matches have come in the past 12 months, an
 increase of nearly 150%.
     Every day, VolunteerMatch generates more than 500 new volunteer sign
 ups-people like VolunteerMatch's 400,000th match: Julia Richardson of Los
 Angeles.  Julia volunteered to help Seniors through the nonprofit CareXchange
 program.  CareXchange has received nearly 600 matches from VolunteerMatch
 since it began using the nonprofit site more than a year ago.
     "Through VolunteerMatch we find volunteers who are committed to caring for
 others," said Sue Costa, CareXchange team leader.  "We are proud to be
 involved with VolunteerMatch."
     Volunteers merely enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch home page to
 find volunteer opportunities in over 4,000 communities throughout the U.S.,
 and simply click on an opportunity of interest to sign up.  It's quick and
 easy, saving both volunteers and nonprofit organizations time and effort over
 traditional methods of volunteer involvement and recruitment.
     "Four hundred thousand matches is a lot of volunteers, and we are making
 more and more connections every day," said Jay Backstrand, founder of
 VolunteerMatch.  "VolunteerMatch continues to leverage the Internet to help
 people and nonprofits come together on behalf of community needs everywhere."
 
     About VolunteerMatch
     VolunteerMatch (www.volunteermatch.org) is the nonprofit web site
 dedicated to using the power of the Internet to help people help each other.
 As the world's largest online database of volunteer opportunities,
 VolunteerMatch makes it easier than ever before to volunteer.  Volunteers
 enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch home page to find local, national
 and 'Virtual' volunteering opportunities, customized to interests and
 schedule.  VolunteerMatch has already made over 400,000 connections between
 volunteers and 14,000+ nonprofit organizations nationwide, providing real-
 world community assistance in 4,000+ U.S. cities.  VolunteerMatch has received
 awards from the Smithsonian Institution and MIT, and been recognized for its
 social service efforts on The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and in The Wall
 Street Journal, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping and
 Parade.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X64616763
 
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