Calling All Volunteers

Catchafire_gwygaCatchafire is an organzation I have written about before.  In full disclosure, I am an investor in the company and of course I love what they do.  Non-profits pay Catchafire to post short term jobs on their site matching a data base of volunteers who want to give back using their business skill sets.  Giving back is not so easy particularly when you want to use your skill sets (which are your biggest assets) to volunteer your time.  Catchafire has provided that by making it easy for professionals to use their skill sets productively to do pro bono work. 

Until recently, we have only been working with pro bono professionals working in the greater NY region but we realized that most of our projects are suitable for virtual pro bono work.  So why not take advantage of the pro bono opportunities we have in our data base and open it up to people everywhere who want to give back to a social good organization.  This gives the non-profits a much larger pool of professionals to take advantage of using the tools of the 21st century to find the right person for the right opportunity no matter where they are based. 

"The move to virtual pro bono is based on us now being at a stage in our lifecycle where we feel that we can provide our organizations and our professionals with just as good an experience virtually,  as we can in person," said Catchafire CEO Rachael Chong. "We wanted to make sure that we had all the pieces in place to make a virtual project just as successful as a project where the professional and organization can meet face to face. While we still advocate local matches, we want to provide our organizations with as much choice as possible in terms of talent, and do not believe we should restrict them if they decide to choose a virtual professional instead of a locally based one."

So what are you waiting for?  Get involved and sign up!




Comments (Archived):

  1. Rebecca Stees

    What kind of outreach does Catchafire make to young designers in art schools?Would you consider these opportunities “internships”?If so, I’ll blog about it…..

    1. Gotham Gal

      Probably not enough. Please blog about it

  2. Natasha Gajewski

    Hey GG, thanks for the share!  I’ve been a professional photographer for 20 years and have often wondered about how to volunteer my skills.  One organization I’ve supported is Love Reunited, in which photographers photograph military families in advance of deployment, so the serviceman/woman can take a photo album w/them.  I love that work so much!!I hope I can do more volunteer work via CatchaFire… images really can boost a struggling cause. 

    1. Gotham Gal

      that is a very cool thing you do. hope you can find another organization with catchafire you can work with.