Plan Now to Pitch in During National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017
National Volunteer Week takes place April 23-29 and Pennies for Poverty wants to make it easy for local nonprofits and prospective volunteers to connect and support local needs. This annual week to promote volunteerism was started back in the 1970s. People of all ages volunteer. Anyone can, through the smallest of acts, do their part to improve the lives of others.
Community members can plan now to volunteer by checking the needs listed on VolunteerMatch.org. This website allows volunteers to search for opportunities by proximity to zip codes, interests and the current needs of local organizations. Users can sign up to volunteer for a day or explore a longer-term volunteer role. The site also enables users to get email updates on new opportunities that fit their criteria. Opportunities are even tagged as being appropriate for kids, teens, over 55 and groups. The service is free for all. Today, users can find 50 opportunities, including virtual opportunities, within ten miles of Newburyport.
Pennies for Poverty encourages nonprofits to list their needs on VolunteerMatch.org. Local organizations currently listing opportunities on the site include: Anna Jacques, Leeward Light, Parents Helping Parents, various hospices, Trustees of the Reservation, Our Neighbors’ Table, Mass Audubon, Newburyport Youth Services, Pennies, YWCA, Habitat for Humanity, and Horizons for Homeless Children. The needs change often and many other local non-profits have profiles posted on the site.