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Jeanette Wason, events assistant with the Sacramento Zoo, said, “This is a really important event to bring in volunteers because many of these organizations rely on their volunteers to help them, and if they didn’t have them they wouldn’t be able to continue to run their programs.” The Leadership Grand Rapids program hosted a similar event back in August aimed at recruiting nonprofit board members.
Participants at the event met with executives from 14 local nonprofits for five minutes each before they were ushered to the next table.
About 40 volunteers attended the event, of which one participant said, “It’s very fast paced and you get to meet fifteen nonprofits in less than an hour, so this really connects everyone together.” At Speed Matching, all participants are speedily introduced to each organization and informed on how they would contribute to the organization as a volunteer in just one hour.
After three minutes of interacting with one organization, a bell rings, and all prospective volunteers rise from their seats and move onto another station.
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Many people have to hide it because they have an important job or a family.I feel like stoners only ever meet other stoners by being introduced through friends or by having a chance passing.We’d be interested to hear what other nonprofits think about this idea: Does this model serve as a beneficial networking tool for nonprofits?Does recruiting volunteers face-to-face make a significant difference over recruiting volunteers online?
Fox 40 This is an interesting approach to recruiting volunteers.Fifteen nonprofits in the Sacramento area collaborated to hold a “Speed Matching” event for individuals looking to volunteer in the community, based on the classic “speed dating” or “speed networking” model.