By Julia Boyun, Marketing Manager at RemoteHub – a job and volunteer marketplace and community that connects and matches companies and nonprofit organizations with remote professionals.

With the world caught in the throes of the global pandemic, many things are rapidly changing. Companies are reinventing themselves for a socially-distant world, but they’re not the only ones. Nonprofit organizations also seek new ways to tackle their needs remotely.

The crucial role of volunteers in nonprofit organizations can’t possibly be understated. It’s a win-win situation as well, for volunteers are 27% likelier to be hired, thanks to the skills and experience earned through volunteering.

And yet, from the 1.5+ million nonprofit organizations operating in the US, more than 70% struggle to find volunteers. It’s a staggering proportion, considering that 3 in 4 Americans are likelier to volunteer than to donate money, and that 1 in 4 Americans volunteered in 2017.

RemoteHub is a global job marketplace that connects and matches companies with remote professionals. It has more than 10,000 active companies and professionals offering services in 100+ categories. Many professionals on RemoteHub have skills needed for nonprofit remote work, and are looking for volunteer opportunities.

Today, we’ll teach you how you can use RemoteHub to recruit volunteers absolutely free of charge and even earn donations to your nonprofit organization! 

Step One: Create a page for your organization on RemoteHub

After you sign up for a personal account at RemoteHub, you need to create a dedicated page for your nonprofit organization. It’s a fairly straightforward process. Simply go to “Create a Page for Nonprofit Organization” and fill in the relevant information for each field.

Next, add a cover picture, company photo, headline, and description. The more information you provide, the more likely potential volunteers will become interested in applying for your volunteer opportunities.

Step Two: Post volunteer projects

In order to find volunteers for your nonprofit positions, you need to post volunteer projects. You’ll need to provide a title of your project, select a category, and enter the skills sought, a project description, and enter the required time commitment. 

To fill your nonprofit jobs effectively, you need to create a volunteer project that is both accurate and descriptive. The easier it is for volunteers to find your projects, the more qualified applications you’ll receive overall.

Step Three: Share and promote your volunteer projects

The more exposure your postings receive, the faster you’ll fill the job vacancies for your nonprofit organizations. The easiest way to accomplish this is by sharing links to your vacancy postings through your social media accounts. It allows you to leverage your networks while also providing increased exposure to your organization.

Every nonprofit remote work posting has a unique, shareable link for social media promotion that can also be featured in your email newsletters and linked to on your website.

Optional: Paid remote positions

Some projects at nonprofit organizations are best carried out by paid workers. RemoteHub is an ideal service marketplace for you to fill such remote vacancies, and you can post a paid remote positions at any time. Just like with nonprofit positions, paid remote positions are completely free to post.

Choosing the Right Candidate

After creating a page for your organization and posting volunteer projects and receiving applications, it’s time to pick the right candidates.

Traditional candidate selection practices are somewhat limited. There’s only so much you can learn about remote professionals from a CV. The value of volunteers to nonprofit organizations can often be hard to gauge.

The RemoteHub platform poses a few key advantages over traditional candidate selection, such as media-rich portfolios, informative professional reviews, and an assortment of “classical parameters.”

RemoteHub portfolios offer media-enriched narratives that can illustrate what a remote professional is truly capable of. Portfolios are especially important if you’re looking for volunteers for copywriting, web or mobile development, graphic design, social media management, or other creative projects.

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Another perk of the RemoteHub platform is the ease of reviewing “classical” parameters, such as a list of the potential volunteer’s professional skills, a general introduction, their past work experience, and their fluency in various languages.

Benefits of Posting Volunteer Vacancies At RemoteHub

1) Free vacancy postings

Posting volunteer projects and seeking volunteers through RemoteHub is completely free. Remember that the proper description and cover image in your nonprofit organization page and volunteer projects will help to attract attention from more volunteers.

2) Donation rewards

And it gets even better, the best volunteer projects on RemoteHub can earn donations for their organizations. The “best” definition is pretty straightforward – it is a nonprofit which received the highest number of applications during the contest period. Make sure to post your volunteer projects soon to get more time to receive applications, and share your projects on your social media to gain more attention from the potential applicants. You can learn more at RemoteHub Volunteering.

3) Reach and visibility

Your postings give your organization higher visibility, and the ability to share them through social media extends your reach greatly. Whether you’re looking for volunteers for grant writing, website development, social media design, administrative assistance, or any other remote projects, global visibility and reach are what you need. RemoteHub features the best projects on top of our Volunteering section and on social media.

RemoteHub is a job and volunteer marketplace and community that connects and matches companies and nonprofit organizations with remote professionals. The service is free to use for nonprofit organizations.

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