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  • Volunteer speed matching

    Modeled after “speed dating” (in which pairs of potential romantic partners are given only a few minutes to meet and talk before deciding if they want to proceed), volunteer speed matching allows lots of potential volunteers to “meet” lots of organizations in the span of one morning or afternoon. Learn how you can hold one of these fun, engaging, and useful events.

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    Organization/people involved

    Centre for Volunteering
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    What they did

    In 2013, Sydney’s Centre for Volunteering held a volunteer matching event and panel discussion that brought out over 100 people and 12 organizations. The following year, in an effort to expand, they partnered with the City of Sydney to present an event with a similar goal, but based on the principles of speed dating (where participants have “dates” lasting a few minutes each and decide at the end who they’d like to see again): at their event, participants had the opportunity to get a brief overview of many organizations in search of volunteers, and organizations in turn had the chance to recruit volunteers and network with each other.

    How you can do it

    Tony Frew, the Centre for Volunteering’s General Manager, gave us some great ideas about how to plan your own volunteer speed matching event:

    Impact

    The Centre for Volunteering’s March 2014 event was attended by approximately 500 participants who got to hear from 23 organizations about their diverse volunteer opportunities. Survey respondents overwhelmingly reported that they came away knowing much more about organizations in their local community; met someone new; felt more a part of their local community; and were now more likely to get involved with local activities and groups. Over 90% of participants surveyed said they would recommend the event to others. Wow!

    Big Takeaways

    Plan ahead. The Centre for Volunteering began planning about a year out from the event. The lesson here? There is no substitute for time.

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    Photo credit: The Centre for Volunteering, NSW

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