Archive for August, 2009

Building communities and community spirit in Jamaica

Saturday, August 15th, 2009 | Permalink

Digicel Foundation

Do you have thoughts on how to improve a community in Jamaica? Apply for funding and start changing lives today. The Digicel Foundation was founded in 2004 and worked through the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. Their aspiration is to

…ensure that communities are healthy, primarily through the support of Community based and driven activities which should embrace social, cultural and particularly educational objectives.

Requirements for funding include that the organization requesting funding: serve the majority of the community, be a nonprofit, have the ability to achieve their goal, and the project must be in line with Digicel’s goal of using community action to illicit change.

Dream an answer and it could be brought to life; you need only apply.

VolunteerMatch: find the volunteers you need

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 | Permalink

Someone somewhere wants to help, they simply may not know it yet. When your story touches their heart, a volunteer can be born. VolunteerMatch is here to help make this transformation happen.

Their story is simple, beautiful, and strong. VolunteerMatch,

"…strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 71,000 nonprofit organizations."

It’s incredibly simple. A potential volunteer enters their zip code and the keywords about who, what, or how they’d like to help. Then they are connected with the appropriate nonprofit organization. Done and done.

The nonprofit section has a link in the upper left corner for registering so that you can add your nonprofit to their list and start being paired up with eager volunteers.

If you would prefer to learn more before you jump into the waters of VolunteerMatch, they offer a few webinars for your learning pleasure.

You have nothing to lose and volunteers to gain, so let a world of volunteers know who you are and what are doing.