Geo-Tagged Map Shows Impact of Hurricane Joaquin in Real Time


5, 2015— VisionLink , a community inspired software and consulting company, has developed a free, shareable, real-time, geo-tagged map depicting actual damage reports produced by Hurricane Joaquin. Map illustrates damage reports as hurricane hits North Carolina. BOULDER, Colo. —

Next #4Change Chat Topic: Volunteering

Amy Sample Ward

Social media and new technology are changing the way we recruit and manage volunteers. They’re also changing how we define the concept of volunteering. New forms of participation such as micro-volunteering, and web-generated events such as Twestival, are changing the way people are coming together to raise funds, donate their time and make a difference in their local and global community. How social media’s changing volunteering. Blog: Brave New World for Volunteering.

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Next #4Change Chat Topic: Volunteering

Amy Sample Ward

Social media and new technology are changing the way we recruit and manage volunteers. They’re also changing how we define the concept of volunteering. New forms of participation such as micro-volunteering, and web-generated events such as Twestival, are changing the way people are coming together to raise funds, donate their time and make a difference in their local and global community. How social media’s changing volunteering. Blog: Brave New World for Volunteering.

Bookshare Volunteers Are the Best!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

copyright law, our volunteers scanned the books they wanted to read and then were able to upload them to Bookshare so that others could enjoy these books as well. Many of our books come straight from socially minded publishers at this point, but our volunteers still play a crucial role, and Bookshare would not be what it is today without them. Bookshare Volunteers are the best! Tags: volunteer blind library Lyons Bookshare

Mozilla and Bookshare: Volunteer Power!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest blog by Pavi Mehta, Volunteer Coordinator Open source champion kicked off seven days of service earlier this month: September 14-21st thousands of people donated over 6000 hours of their time to good causes in their communities as part of Mozilla Service Week. Through one of our engineering volunteers, Aravind Gottipatti, Benetech/Bookshare received an invitation to help them kick-off the week. Tags: volunteer Mozilla Pavi Mehta books Bookshare

Volunteer to get a day at Disney!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just found out that our Bookshare volunteers can sign up to get a free day at a Disney park. Volunteers who do a chapter's worth of image descriptions for a student textbook will get their day pass. The program will stop when a million certificates have been given out for all sorts of volunteer opportunities. Tags: volunteer Disney Bookshare Just put in our zip code "94306" at the foregoing link and you should see the opportunity there.

KC Ronald McDonald House Goes Online to Manage Volunteers

NonProfit Hub

The following article is part of the March/April edition of the Nonprofit Hub Magazine, which focuses on Cause Camp and volunteers in conjunction with National Volunteer Month. Volunteers are essential to achieving the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

A shining example of quality (and fast!) Volunteer work

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Volunteer work Hello Bookshare Team, "The Adventures Of Eddy And Teddy Too Teff" by Lorraine Wooding was given to Robin Seaman by the author was very eager to have it in our collection. Tags: volunteer Laurie Pavi Author Costa Robin Bookshare Rick

Big Benetech Day: All Company and Volunteer Meetings

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Later in the afternoon, we held a volunteer appreciation event for inhouse volunteers. Each of our inhouse volunteers received two rubber duckies, one to sign (and add to our expanding collection in Bookshare) and one to take home.

Tagged in the Changeblogging meme


Beautiful Qui Diaz tagged me in her Changeblogging meme on the Buzz Bin. I can create spaces where people can talk about issues they care about; I know at least one YAPstar who volunteers relentlessly and whom we'd love to help with her causes. Tags: causes non-profit blogging changeblogging I'll be honest, I read her post and thought to myself, what can I do? I mean, I care about certain issues, sure. I care about the environment. I care about LBGT rights.

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Virtual volunteering carries real benefits --

AFP Blog

Virtual volunteering carries real benefits -- "Jeanine Handley, a graphic designer, volunteers without ever leaving her house by designing materials for a nonprofit legal aid organization. Molly Shah, a volunteer tutor, uses texting almost daily to motivate a student". Tags: NPVolunteer NPtech

How Can Volunteer Coordinators Help Their Organizations Become Networked Nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Last month, we did a Networked Nonprofit session at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Recently I got my first full-on blast of the Networked Nonprofit at a session the authors presented at the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Resources for Managing Volunteers

Tech Soup Blog

As this marks the annual National Volunteer Week , and so many nonprofits, libraries, and charities rely heavily on the dedicated contributions of volunteers to support their work, I wanted to take a few minutes to point you to some useful volunteer management resources.

Sparked Helps Nonprofits Find Micro-Volunteers Online

Wild Apricot

Enter, the world's first micro-volunteering network! Tags: networking nonprofit non-profit Non-profit technology nptech volunteer volunteering Volunteers You’ve worked hard to build a social media fan base – but now what? For small nonprofits, it can be a real challenge to move those online supporters from "Like" to concrete action. read more ).

Three Questions That Mobilize Members to Volunteer

Wild Apricot

Tags: nptech Volunteers volunteering volunteer volunteer management This is a guest post by Trish Hudson, MPsSc. Trish is the president of the Melos Institute, an international think tank dedicated to finding new ways for associations to deliver more meaningful experiences for their members. Visit them at Our beliefs about volunteerism are formed early in our professional careers. Someone teaches us “how it is.”

Volunteers can access centralized database for nonprofits - The Reporter

AFP Blog

Volunteers can access centralized database for nonprofits - The Reporter: "With support from organizations such as United Way, First 5 Solano and the Valero refinery in Benicia, a new online volunteer center for Solano County has been launched.The new site allows local nonprofit organizations to sign up to be part of a mass database, where those interested in donating or volunteering time can. Tags: NPVolunteer

8 Quick Quizzes for New Volunteers

Wild Apricot

Volunteers will stay longer and work better for your non-profit organization if you can match their personalities and passions with appropriate tasks. Could a simple quiz help you to ensure your volunteers are matched up with the kind of work they'll enjoy for the long haul? Tags: Non-profit technology General non-profit interest nptech Volunteers

YouTube calls for Video Volunteers to Help Nonprofits

Amy Sample Ward

Volunteerism in the 21st century can take a different form than traditional charity work, like YouTube’s Video Volunteers: The mission of YouTube’s Video Volunteers platform is to connect nonprofit organizations with skilled video makers who can help them broadcast their causes through video, reaching new audiences online and driving action around issues and projects that matter to them. Become a YouTube Video Volunteer.

Sparked, Micro-Volunteering Network, Has Volunteers Standing By For Your Nonprofit’s Next Small Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note From Beth: Colleague Ben Rigby, co-founder and CTO of Sparked , a micro-volunteering networked has a problem. The site matches skills-based volunteers with nonprofits to do just in time projects like logo or business card design, marketing help, and other small volunteering tasks.

Happy National Volunteer Week - Guest Post by Chris Noble

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This week (April 18th to 25th) is National Volunteer Week in the US. Chances are if you work or volunteer for a nonprofit you already know that. Maybe you even have a favorite volunteer and you're planning a special recognition of their efforts this week.

Youtube Video Volunteers Program Launches

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

She talked about their new initiative Video Volunteers and offered some great tips about effective nonprofit videos. It's one-minute and she explains the new video volunteers program and shares the secret sauce for success for videos on YouTube. Tags: vlog

Website designed for nonprofits and volunteers in the Jackson area |

AFP Blog

Website designed for nonprofits and volunteers in the Jackson area | "Jackson County residents now have a new way to find volunteer opportunities and connect with local nonprofits online.The United Way of Jackson County is the hub for a new virtual volunteer center.". Tags: NPVolunteer

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Volunteers show a generous face - The National Newspaper

AFP Blog

Volunteers show a generous face - The National Newspaper: "When Lola Lopez founded Aid in Motion, a Dubai-based NGO, last year to collect and donate clothes to poor rural communities in Kenya, Myanmar and Pakistan, she needed help. She turned to Facebook, where she created a group called Volunteer in Dubai, hoping to get a handful of interested people. Before she knew it, 3,000 volunteers had. Tags: NPVolunteer NPFacebook NPtech

NpTag Tag and Nonprofit Collaborative Tag Project Types

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm tagging information related to discussion, examples, and comments about nonprofits using tagging (or not using tagging) to prep for upcoming session at with the tag 2005) Susan Tenby's response to the question, " Why I use Tags " shows progression from retrieval, to social bookmarking, to sharing with others - on a personal level. Tag Sniffing: The old term for this was intellectual butt sniffing, crude. A tag community.

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The Opportunity: Why Don't People Volunteer?

Tech Soup Blog

She attended the San Francisco Online Community Report Meetup at TechSoup's offices last night where we featured Ben Rigby and his crowdsourced volunteering organization, The Extraordinaries. Here's what she had to say about the event and getting people to volunteer. The Opportunity: Why Don't People Volunteer? The Solution: Micro-Volunteering! You can volunteer in minute moments, like when you're standing in line at the post office — you don't need to go anywhere.

Micro Volunteering for the Haiti Earthquake

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Extraordinaries have pioneered the concept of "micro volunteering" that allows people to complete micro-tasks for organizations or efforts passionate about, using a mobile phone or web browser, in a few minutes of spare time. Tweet from kateatyrownrisk.

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The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

Connection Cafe

I credit much of the success to one key component of our P2P event strategy: Leadership Volunteers. Leadership volunteers are individuals who dedicate their time and talents to your P2P event prior to event day. Your volunteers are connected. Volunteers lead to retention.

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Techies volunteering to save the world - Network World

AFP Blog

Techies volunteering to save the world - Network World: "Whitney is just one of a growing number of seasoned IT professionals trading in annual bonuses and executive perks to volunteer their time and expertise in developing countries. Tags: NPVolunteer NPtech

Worldwide Lexicon and Volunteer Translation

Tech Soup Blog

Using WWL, you can encourage bilingual volunteers to translate your own content so that a broader audience can find it. It's exciting to watch, and it demonstrates how much volunteer energy is ready to help you spread your nonprofit's message.

NpTech Tag: People Behind Tags, NpTech Timeline, Twitter, and More Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's The People Behind The Tags! Second Life Relay for Life for 2007 volunteer blog is gearing up for this year's event, the third one in Second Life. Gavin's NpTech Timeline in SlideShare. Steven Cliff's Notes - Saving Internet 1.0

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Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not

Robert Weiner

The results of two new surveys paint a bleak picture of the effectiveness of social media for fundraising and volunteer recruitment. It concludes that: Social technologies are not delivering much in terms of fundraising or attracting volunteers. Tags: TechSoup

Report: Volunteer Levels Hold Steady in Canada

Wild Apricot

The new Not-for-Profit Pulse Report on Volunteering, just released by the Association Resource Center (ARC), based on a survey of 74 Canadian not-for-profit organizations, looks at the changes non-profits are seeing in the way people volunteer their time and what, if anything, they are doing to adapt.( Tags: Associations General non-profit interest nptech Volunteers surveys research

7 Tips to Make Sure That Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Doesn't Flop

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Ask the supporter if they would consider making a gift or attending a volunteer event. When the big day arrives, take the time to make sure the staff, volunteers, and host committee members are fully prepared.

Capturing and Subduing Technical Volunteers

FI Space

So, how do you make the best use of your technical volunteers and keep them engaged in the long term? You should at least discuss, if not formally document with signatures, your privacy policy with the volunteer. There’s nothing wrong with engaging several specialized technical volunteers to help distribute the workload and protect you from a single points of failure. I think technical volunteers have a few, simple reasons for helping you.

Four Tech Tools to Help Manage Your Staff and Volunteers

Tech Soup Blog

People — whether they are volunteers or paid staff — are the backbone of every organization. Below we've listed a few of our human-resources-focused tools to help you keep track of documents, schedules, and time — for employees and volunteers alike.

Philanthropy 2.0 - Raise Money and Engage Volunteers Online — Goodword Editing

AFP Blog

Philanthropy 2.0 - Raise Money and Engage Volunteers Online — Goodword Editing: "Yesterday, I presented some of what I’ve learned about social media to the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.I Tags: NPVolunteer npOnline NPFundraising

Delicious Bird Tags and Technology Integration

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Use of tags to organize and bookmark Internet Resources related to subjects. Will work with the instructors or lab volunteers on these areas: Step 1: Identify Useful, High Quality Internet Resources Tech Skills: Internet Search Skills, Information Literacy.

NetCentric Advocacy: GasBuddy Network of Volunteers

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Panda or Senator : Best Use of A Million | Main | Reasons to Invest in Networks » September 13, 2006 GasBuddy Network of Volunteers YEAH! NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Volunteer for Mozilla Service Week


Mozilla has sent out a call for volunteers for their service week , taking place September 14-21. Tags: mozilla mozilla service week NPTech Volunteers If you're reading this blog, you likely have a skill that can be put to use helping folks out with their tech needs.

6 Free or Cheap Web Tools to Schedule Volunteers

Wild Apricot

When a friend mentioned the online system his employer has started using to schedule shift work, my first thought was how useful a similar tool could be for non-profit volunteer coordinators. Sure enough, there’s a version of the web-based software that's specially designed for scheduling volunteers — and it’s free for qualified charities.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Volunteers Staffing Non-profit Communications software

Engaging Volunteers in Technical Roles


Would you trust a volunteer to help maintain your organization's servers? Volunteers are the lifeblood of many a nonprofit, and there are many ways you can engage them in technical roles – but it requires a special skill set to manage them. We'll explore the pros and cons of a volunteer workforce supporting technology at our upcoming webinar, "Engaging Volunteers in Technical Roles". How to vet volunteers the same as paid staff.

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Managing IT Volunteers: Webinar Next Thursday!

Tech Soup Blog

Do you want to involve volunteers in computer and Internet-related tasks at your nonprofit organization? This free webinar, to celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 19-25), will focus on ways nonprofits and libraries can recruit and screen such volunteers, identify suitable tech-related assignments for them, and ways to support volunteers in these assignments successfully. Managing IT Volunteers.

Tag Poetry: Playing With A Concept

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tag Poetry. Yesterday, Nancy White suggested that we add having the students create poetry from their tags. When I got back from on-site work (reflections on that follow) and finished my mommy shift, I discovered that Nancy wrote a poem with her tags. " What if you linked your tag words to something? It was pre-tag days, but another look at hyperlinked poetry. The theme was the tag, in some sense.

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