Using the Web as a matchmaking tool, Impact Online recruited more than 110,000 volunteers for nonprofit groups in the last three months of 1999, nearly doubling its efforts from the same period a year earlier.
The value to participating nonprofits of the volunteers’ work, plus recruitment costs, totaled $9.4 million.
Impact Online, which uses its Volunteermatch Web site to enlist volunteers, said the increase resulted from a volunteer pool that grew 250 percent from a year earlier.
“I never imagined we’d receive the quantity and quality of volunteers that we have,” says Catriona Rayl, recruitment director for the Boston-based EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
This year, she expects Volunteermatch to find half of the 3,000 families she will recruit to host foreign students.
Launched in 1998, Volunteermatch — the largest free public service Web site to match volunteers with opportunities throughout the U.S. – coordinates assistance for causes ranging from disaster assistance to
Would-be volunteers can learn about opportunities in their area by entering their zip code at the Web site. They then are connected by e-mail to participating nonprofits, which are given a free Web page on the site.