FOR RELEASE – February 14th 2017 Contact : Stephanie Turner, SJVC President Email: volunteersaint firstname.lastname@example.org (506) 333-3442
SAINT JOHN, NB – The Saint John Volunteer Centre (SJVC) has been matching volunteers with non-profit agencies who need help for over 40 years. “It’s a very human-resource intensive exercise” says volunteer board President, Stephanie Turner. “We felt there must be a way to automate the process. We discovered software designed specifically for volunteer centres called Better Impact.”
According to Calvin Pert, volunteer and IT advisor, “Better Impact works somewhat like a dating site. Agencies post “opportunities” describing their needs. Volunteers post profiles describing their availability, skills etc.… Algorithms in the background work to match up volunteers with agency needs. “The SJVC committee that is rolling out the platform has been jokingly referring to it as vHarmony so we thought what better day to launch it to the public then on Valentine’s Day?”
The volunteer centre estimates that 90% of the matching will be done automatically. This will free up their resources to monitor and intervene when particular needs are going unmet or volunteers are not finding opportunities. “From time to time we work with volunteers with unique skills or special needs (physical, mental or language for example) and we want to make sure that we have the resources to give these cases one-on-one attention.” says Turner.
Agencies will be in total control of their own ads but the Volunteer Centre will continue to share volunteer opportunities with their social media followers to drive traffic to the new platform. The Better Impact help desk will be available to support agencies on the technology side and local SJVC volunteers will be available to support agencies in crafting their ads and using the platform to effectively recruit volunteers.
If you are a non-profit agency in greater Saint John or a volunteer you can sign up for “vHarmony” at www.volunteersaintjohn.com. It’s quick and easy. Your perfect match is out there!
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