Catchafire – Volunteer in New York City!

Posted on October 3, 2010


The Sunday post on the Daily Job Finder is a space dedicated to different kinds of work, in contrast to the six posts that built up to it. Today, we shine a spotlight on Catchafire, a innovative start-up that connects your skill sets and interests with nonprofits and social enterprises seeking volunteers. The volunteers that they matched opportunities to, have contributed thousands of hours and saved organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Catchafire’s business model charges organizations less than 5% of the cost that they would have paid for professional services; their service is really a win-win-win situation. Read the glowing reviews from the volunteers that have used their service for further proof of how effective they are at what they do.

The process of volunteering is super simple: create a username and password, indicate the fields in which you have experience and would like to volunteer, tell them of your motivation for volunteering and they’ll send you a list of organizations that are pertinent to your background! That’s it.

Volunteering your skills is an excellent chance to see how a particular organization works on a day-to-day basis, as well as extending your personal/professional network of contacts.

Here’s just some of the organizations that they have listed on their site: Goods for Good, Pennies for Portraits, Prosperity Candle, UNDP Equator Initiative, Network 355, Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), Black and Latino Filmmaker’s Coalition, and Pencils of Promise.

Catchafire currently only matches candidates with nonprofits and social organizations in the Greater New York City area. So, if you’re in the NYC area or planning to relocate, register to be matched up with a nonprofit today! If not, check their site periodically for news that they’re expanding to other cities or are potentially offering telecommute volunteer opportunities.

On that note, the Daily Job Finder blog is seeking a volunteer to help manage its social media presence. You should be familiar with a range of social media platforms, have excellent writing skills, possess an entrepreneurial spirit, and be able to dedicate 5 hour per week to this opportunity. Interested candidates can forward their CV and short cover letter (simply in the body of the e-mail) to, with Volunteer in the subject line.

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