CNCS Instructions for Posting Volunteer Opportunities

The following email was sent out by the Corporation for National and Community Service on November 2, 2012:

Subject: Posting Your Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Opportunities

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Corporation for National and Community Service [http://www.nationalservice.gove/sandy] is working side-by-side with out grantees, state service commissions, and public and private partners to support communities in the affected areas.

Given the devastating impact of the storm, we know this will be a large-scale and long-term recovery. As with Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, national service programs will play a key role in the response and recovery effort. Already more than 850 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are serving in the affected area, assisting with shelter operations, call centers, debris removal, and mass care in seven states.

In the wake of the storm, Americans are asking how they can help. Volunteer opportunities are limited at the current time, but in the weeks and months ahead, large numbers of volunteers will be needed to support the work of nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations working in the recovery.

CNCS is working with FEMA, Points of Light, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and other partners to help connect volunteers to organizations ready and able to support them. One of the strategies we are pursuing is encouraging organizations to post their Hurricane Sandy volunteers opportunities on the All for Good volunteer search engine used on Serve.gov [http://www.serve.gov/sandy] and other webistes.

If your organization is looking to recruit volunteers for Hurrican Sandy, we encourage you to post them on All for Good. Doing so will bring more attention to your opportunity from individuals looking to volunteer. Here is what you need to do:

* Fill out the Google Excel document [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Av2uzfMXJ8MVajNicWg3cmJIUm54blR2Z0xDVIE#gid=2] with your opportunities and information.

* To ensure that new Sandy hurricane recovery related opportunities how up in the top of the search results, please include the keywords “disaster”, “Hurricane Sandy”, and “recovery” somewhere in the title and/or description.

* The opportunity should include the actual start and end date. Opportunities should not be entered as ongoing. This will ensure your opportunity appears higher in the search results.

* Email the excel document to: handsondisaster@handsonetwork.org with “Volunteer Opportunities to Post” in the subject line. you must also include your organization’s contact information.

We thank all those working in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, national service programs in the private sector who are supporting the recovery effort. Working together, we can provide vital support to the communities in need through service and volunteering.

In Service,

Kelly DeGraff

Director of Disaster Services