To make it easy for prospective volunteers to identify local opportunities to help, Pennies for Poverty has been encouraging local non-profits to list their volunteer needs on This is a well-established, free, nation-wide, online database of volunteer opportunities that users can search by interest and by location. The location search can be tailored to within 5, 10 or 20 miles of your zip code. In addition, volunteers can register on the site to request a weekly or monthly email update on needs that meet their search criteria.

For non-profits seeking volunteers, the free service includes email notification of contact information for volunteers who express interest in helping and an online reference of all volunteers who have expressed interest. Moreover, listing needs on VolunteerMatch produces results. Pennies for Poverty, which helps recruit volunteers for several local organizations has recruited more than 60 volunteers in the last 8 months through VolunteerMatch. Other organizations have reported similar success.

Some of the local organizations you’ll see posting their needs on VolunteerMatch. They include: Anna Jacques, Community Food Pantry, Leeward Light, Parents Helping Parents, various hospices, Trustees of the Reservation, Our Neighbors’ Table, Mass Audubon, Newburyport Youth Services, Pennies, YWCA, Habitat for Humanity, Nourishing the North Shore, Pennies for Poverty, Horizons for Homeless Children and several others.

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