Rolling Readers U.S.A. Reaps Benefits of Volunteer Recruiting Partnership With VolunteerMatch

National Collaboration Already Results in Hundreds of New Volunteer Referrals



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from VolunteerMatch

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- VolunteerMatch, the premier
 nonprofit web site that connects volunteers with charitable organizations
 nationwide, is now helping Rolling Readers U.S.A. recruit volunteers online.
 Rolling Readers is committed to helping underprivileged children learn to
 read, and relies upon thousands of volunteers to achieve this mission. Thanks
 to the new collaboration between VolunteerMatch and Rolling Readers, visitors
 to www.rollingreaders.org can now seamlessly access the VolunteerMatch
 database to search and sign up for literacy volunteer opportunities throughout
 the U.S.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001219/SFTU029LOGO )
     "By linking Rolling Readers U.S.A.'s volunteer opportunities with
 millions of Internet users, VolunteerMatch allows us to offer the one element
 missing from an engaging book-the human touch," said Michael Horvat,
 National Director of Rolling Readers.
     Rolling Readers USA helps at-risk children learn to read and gain a
 lifelong interest in books, literature and learning. The organization's model
 programs are designed to create sustainable systems of community involvement
 and development that will have a long-term, positive impact on literacy in
 America. As Rolling Readers continues to grow and expand beyond its current
 network of more than 50 community-based chapters serving 250,000 youth on a
 weekly basis, VolunteerMatch feeds this important literacy lifeline by
 streamlining the volunteer recruitment and placement process, and connecting
 people who want to make a difference in a child's life directly with
 Rolling Readers. During the past six months alone, hundreds of additional
 volunteer readers and tutors began serving at convenient, local community
 sites as a result of the efficient online referral service.
     VolunteerMatch has harnessed the power of the Internet for charitable
 purposes, effectively jump-starting volunteerism throughout the United States.
 Since any nonprofit or tax-exempt organization can use VolunteerMatch to
 recruit volunteers from the web, the free public service offers the Internet's
 largest database of social service opportunities, and has already matched
 nearly 400,000 people to 14,000+ nonprofits. In addition to Rolling Readers
 U.S.A., VolunteerMatch collaborates with a number of other national nonprofits
 to help enhance their volunteer recruitment efforts.
     "Reading is a pleasure that should be enjoyed by everyone," said
 Jay Backstrand, president and founder of VolunteerMatch.
     "VolunteerMatch is dedicated to helping Rolling Readers volunteers share
 the gift of reading with children 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
 merely 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 nearly 400,000 connections between
 volunteers and 14,000+ nonprofit organizations nationwide, providing
 real-world community assistance in 3,000+ 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.
 
 

SOURCE VolunteerMatch
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- VolunteerMatch, the premier
 nonprofit web site that connects volunteers with charitable organizations
 nationwide, is now helping Rolling Readers U.S.A. recruit volunteers online.
 Rolling Readers is committed to helping underprivileged children learn to
 read, and relies upon thousands of volunteers to achieve this mission. Thanks
 to the new collaboration between VolunteerMatch and Rolling Readers, visitors
 to www.rollingreaders.org can now seamlessly access the VolunteerMatch
 database to search and sign up for literacy volunteer opportunities throughout
 the U.S.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001219/SFTU029LOGO )
     "By linking Rolling Readers U.S.A.'s volunteer opportunities with
 millions of Internet users, VolunteerMatch allows us to offer the one element
 missing from an engaging book-the human touch," said Michael Horvat,
 National Director of Rolling Readers.
     Rolling Readers USA helps at-risk children learn to read and gain a
 lifelong interest in books, literature and learning. The organization's model
 programs are designed to create sustainable systems of community involvement
 and development that will have a long-term, positive impact on literacy in
 America. As Rolling Readers continues to grow and expand beyond its current
 network of more than 50 community-based chapters serving 250,000 youth on a
 weekly basis, VolunteerMatch feeds this important literacy lifeline by
 streamlining the volunteer recruitment and placement process, and connecting
 people who want to make a difference in a child's life directly with
 Rolling Readers. During the past six months alone, hundreds of additional
 volunteer readers and tutors began serving at convenient, local community
 sites as a result of the efficient online referral service.
     VolunteerMatch has harnessed the power of the Internet for charitable
 purposes, effectively jump-starting volunteerism throughout the United States.
 Since any nonprofit or tax-exempt organization can use VolunteerMatch to
 recruit volunteers from the web, the free public service offers the Internet's
 largest database of social service opportunities, and has already matched
 nearly 400,000 people to 14,000+ nonprofits. In addition to Rolling Readers
 U.S.A., VolunteerMatch collaborates with a number of other national nonprofits
 to help enhance their volunteer recruitment efforts.
     "Reading is a pleasure that should be enjoyed by everyone," said
 Jay Backstrand, president and founder of VolunteerMatch.
     "VolunteerMatch is dedicated to helping Rolling Readers volunteers share
 the gift of reading with children 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
 merely 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 nearly 400,000 connections between
 volunteers and 14,000+ nonprofit organizations nationwide, providing
 real-world community assistance in 3,000+ 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.
 
 SOURCE  VolunteerMatch