This is an archived version of the Virtual Volunteering Project web site from January 2001.
The materials on the web site were written or compiled by Jayne Cravens.
The Virtual Volunteering Project has been discontinued.
The Virtual Volunteering Project web site IS NO LONGER UPDATED.
Email addresses associated with the Virtual Volunteering Project are no longer valid.
For any URL that no longer works, type the URL into archive.org.
For new materials regarding online volunteering, see
Jayne Cravens' web site (the section on volunteerism-related resources).
Not every online volunteering program has as many layers as the VV Project does for potential volunteers to go through before they can receive an online assignment. And when the VV Project first started involving online volunteers, the process was much more casual -- someone merely had to answer a few questions on an online application, which could be found via our home page, and they were sent an online assignment right away.
Unfortunately, we found that the majority of people filling out this application at that time were hitting "submit" before they really thought about the commitment and time they needed as an online volunteer. Many people were also applying to volunteer with the Project but not really understanding what the Project was about, or the audience it served, and were frustrated to find that the assignments weren't exactly what they were looking for. Subsequently, the Project Manager was spending a great deal of time developing online opportunities, but the vast majority of these assignments were never completed.
Over the last two years, several steps have been added to volunteer with our Program. The pages that a volunteer has to go through before they get to our online application are:
See Orienting and evaluating volunteers for virtual assignments for more information, and sample applications and online orientations (including our own).
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If you have other questions and cannot find the answers on this web site, please contact us.
If you find this or any other Virtual Volunteering Project information helpful, or would like to add information based on your own experience, please contact us.
If you do use Virtual Volunteering Project materials in your own workshop or trainings, or republish materials in your own publications, please let us know, so that we can track how this information is disseminated.
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