At VolunteerMatch all opportunity listings should follow these guidelines:
A VolunteerMatch Opportunity IS a place to help volunteers find the activities at your organization, so make sure to list specific tasks that you need help with.
Don’t spoil volunteer opportunity search results for volunteers. Your opportunities are visible for a 20 mile radius around the zip code they are listed within. Don’t create multiple identical opportunities in zip code after zip code. Nobody likes spam. If you need to cover a larger geographic area, use our multi-ZIP tool.
Postings that result in redundant search results for volunteers are subject to removal.
VolunteerMatch has a zero tolerance policy regarding ‘cash-for-service-hours’ schemes. Any use of VolunteerMatch listings except for the expressed intent to recruit volunteers to perform specific tasks related to the advancement of an organization’s mission is prohibited. An organization found to be in violation of the letter or spirit of these terms is subject to immediate removal from the site.
A VolunteerMatch Opportunity ISN’T a place for you to advertise your website. No phishing allowed. We do have some great sponsorship opportunities though if you’re looking to direct traffic to your own website.
We know some volunteer opportunities involve compensation, which is fine! If you’re offering a stipend or any financial compensation to your volunteers, just make sure it’s no more than the federal minimum wage.
Ask for Fundraisers, Not Funds
VolunteerMatch ISN’T a direct fundraising site, but we realize how integral volunteers can be to fundraising efforts! A VolunteerMatch Opportunity IS a great place to recruit fundraisers NOT funds.
Be Upfront About Any Volunteer Costs or Material Requirements
A VolunteerMatch Opportunity IS a place to set expectations with your volunteers, including if you’d like them to help provide materials for an active task. For example, providing yarn for knitting blankets is okay.
No bait and switch. We realize there are costs involved with some volunteer opportunities (VolunTourism, Disaster Relief, etc). A VolunteerMatch Opportunity IS a place to list those volunteer costs. Be upfront. If volunteers need to “pay to play”, let them know in your opportunity listing description.
Take Care When Posting Virtual Opportunities
If the listing is marked "virtual" it will be visible to volunteers regardless of their location, and opportunity must be equally accessible and equally relevant to volunteers located anywhere in the world. Writing newsletter articles, researching and writing grant proposals, or providing phone support are all examples of virtual opportunities.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, or if you’re unsure if your listing is appropriate for VolunteerMatch, please don't hesitate to contact us via the 'Submit a request' tool at the top of the page.