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Catchafire: Using Skills For Good Causes

September 30th, 2010

In the past, people may have learned about volunteer opportunities within their social circles, but Catchafire gives us the ability to scope out projects that would benefit the most from our skills.

Here’s how it works: When you register for the website, you create a profile that focuses on your experiences, skill set, amount of time you can devote and passions. Then, Catchafire takes your responses and shows opportunities from organizations with the best fit. For example, if you have experience with public relations, Catchafire may match you with groups looking for someone to write press releases. Or if you have an accounting background, you may be matched with groups looking for assistance managing their budgets. Applicants connect with groups after Catchafire helps with the introduction.

In a sense, this service is a contract job board for non-profits, without the salary. Roles and responsibilities are listed in advance so both parties know what is expected before signing on.

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