Frequently Asked Questions
Will Your Service Cost Anything for Volunteers?
The online database is completely free of charge for volunteers that want to use it.
What Are All These Forms?
It may look tedious, but filling out the forms really isn't so bad, and it's the comprehensive information we collect from you on these forms that makes our unique search engine possible. The Agency Signup Form allows you to describe your organization at the top level. Your mission, your structure and your history all have a place here. The Opportunity Signup Form allows you to give a very specific description of a single volunteer opportunity or event at your organization. It is up to you to fill out as many copies of this form as you have distinct opportunities.
How Does Your Site Work?
It's simple. Someone is interested in volunteering. They come to our site and tell us where they are located, what social issues interest them, what skills they can apply and what time constraints they have. Our web site instantly and automatically returns them a list of the volunteer opportunities that best fit their profile. The volunteer will then read through the descriptions and pick an opportunity that is of interest. The volunteer has all the information to contact your agency and from there it's up to them to call and up to you to answer.
Can I Search for Volunteers Directly?
Though we are often asked, we do not support this option. You have a number of ways to post information with us, but then you must wait for the volunteers to contact you. Please contact your local Volunteer Center to see if they have a program that supports this option.
What Sort of Volunteers Will I Get?
Volunteers come to this web site from every walk of life. You will find high school students, college students, professionals in various fields, homemakers, retired people, corporate executives and employees of other nonprofits. Anyone looking to make a difference may come to this web site.
How Can I Help You Grow?
There are a number of ways you can help. Mention us to your friends at other nonprofit agencies. The more nonprofits we get signed up, the more publicity we can get and the more volunteers we can attract. Mention us to your volunteers. The more people who register information with our site, the more information we can provide to nonprofits to help improve their programs.
The inclusion of any organization or person in this database does not constitute a representation, warranty, or endorsement with respect to the competence, suitability, or reliability of such organization or person by Barry County United Way & Volunteer Center; nor does Barry County United Way & Volunteer Center sponsor or endorse any third-party web site.