I have received quite a few messages today since I sent out the press release regarding my ideas for forming some sort of volunteer group to assist non-profits with their technology needs.
I would like to add some more information here and please understand that for the most part this idea is still tumbling around in my head.
When I started my blog I added the Volunteer Page, www.mnheadhunter.com/vol, as a place where I could post technology needs of non-profits in our area. It has had some success but this is a passive approach. It requires someone to come to the main site and for some reason have interest enough to click Volunteer.
I do have quite a few friends and referred candidates checking it out but again this is a passive approach.
So what I have been working on is sort of master list of corporations, consulting forms, and independent contractors with reputations of being involved in the community. I will be asking tech user groups to allow a banner on their site linking to the Volunteer Page. There are college students looking to work on projects to gain experience.
Let me stress that I am not trying to take the place of the many groups in our area that help find volunteers for non-profits, many of them with links on your left. What I am trying to do is take advantage of the sheer number of people a recruiter like me talks to in a week, month, or year.
I would like to create a simple form that the volunteer/company can fill out so we can keep track the number of hours donated.
I also am creating a simple form for the non-profit to fill out with as much specific information about their needs. I have been sent a couple of vague, “We need a web site…” type messages. I will also talk with folks with project experience so they can work with such web site inquiries.
Basically the non-profit sends me a form. I forward it on to those in the group that can do the particular job. I get a response from a volunteer and the make an introduction.
That is where I am at the moment. I have calls into an attorney friend of mine to see if there is any liability I assume for making the introduction and to see if I need to set up entity of its own.
If you have any questions post a comment or send me an email. Your thoughts are appreciated.