VolunteerMatch: An Online Service Helps Everyone Find A Great Place to Volunteer

VolunteerMatch: An Online Service Helps Everyone Find A Great Place to Volunteer

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At the height of the dot-com boom, Jay Backstrand, a young Silicon Valley insider with a social conscience, first witnessed the power of the Internet to get big groups of people involved in vital community causes. He dreamt of starting a Website to expand that human capacity long-term and nationwide, recruiting three of his best friends to help make it happen. It was the right idea at the right time, and in 1998 they launched VolunteerMatch now the country's biggest, most popular Web-based volunteer recruiting service which has since racked up more than 3.67 million referrals of good people to good causes.
Citation: Karen Theroux, VolunteerMatch: An Online Service Helps Everyone Find A Great Place to Volunteer, (Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2008)