Create the Good gives you access to our 300,000+ strong network of experienced and dedicated volunteers, many of them members of the 50+ community, who are looking for ways to help.
As an extra bonus, our members receive an automatic email notification every-other-week when new volunteer opportunities are posted within 25 miles of their home zip code… YOUR opportunities delivered right to their inbox!
To help you post opportunities that will get attention, we’ve compiled a list of tips for creating a description that stands out! If you have any additional questions, comments or need more help, you can contact us at email@example.com or 1-866-740-7719.
Not too long, and not too short, the perfect title says it all!
Within a sea of opportunity listings, a good title is mandatory to grab the attention of potential volunteers. Too long and their eyes will skip right over your listing, too short and they won’t have a reason to pause. A title is just right if it offers insight about what the volunteer will be doing and for whom, without including every little thing.
You’ve got their attention, now keep it with a great first sentence:
For example: Help struggling 5th graders prepare for middle school through weekly tutoring sessions.
Topics to consider:
Consider First Timers:
Be sensitive to the needs of first time volunteers. We all remember the first day of school, new situations can be daunting. If possible, assure potential volunteers that a structure is in place for them to become accustomed to your program, mission, and audience before they dive into their volunteer work and that training will be provided if applicable.
Provide some background information about your organization:
Provide potential volunteers with a little more context by describing your organization or initiative. Take 1 - 2 sentences to talk about your organizations mission, the community it serves and how long it has been doing so. The goal is to reinforce the interest of the volunteer (which you know you have because to be reading this far it means they have clicked something, way to go!) by highlighting the legitimacy of your efforts.
Tip: Break these sections up into multiple paragraphs, each with a heading, so it’s easier for readers to skim!
Take a couple of lines to talk about your or your organizations impact... or better yet, the impact of your volunteers:
Use all caps sparingly:
Don’t forget to spell-check:
You’ve done it! You've inspired a potential volunteer to contact your organization!
Don’t blow all your hard work by not responding to questions in a timely manner. Make sure the contact email you provide is checked daily or have the email forward to an account you monitor closely. A quick response reinforces the notion that yours will be an organized, well supported and meaningful experience.
OK, now that you’re ready to post, here’s a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts when posting an opportunity on Create the Good.
Some things to know before posting:
If you’re interested in volunteering, go to the “Find Opportunities” section of createthegood.org, type in a keyword(s) and your zip code. The results will give you a list of opportunities available in your area.
If you want to share your information with us to receive email notifications about new opportunities in your area, click "register" in the top right of your screen—it’s free and easy! And don’t forget to include your email address!
Opportunity Info, Description:
If you have your description already typed in another format, cut and paste your text into the Notepad program on your computer. From there, you can then copy from Notepad to paste into the description field. This will remove all formatting and avoid odd spacing and characters.
Opportunity Info, Location:
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