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New service to recruit ICT volunteers for charities

New service to recruit ICT volunteers for charities

VOLT is a new volunteer recruitment initiative aimed at Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals.

The new project is a joint non-profit venture between Prospect, a recruitment company for the ICT industry, and do-it.org.uk, the online volunteer recruitment service. It aims to connect ICT professionals with charities and non-profit organisations that need their help. Unlike other volunteering sites it focuses exclusively on highly-skilled ‘digital’ talent.

“The critical importance of ICT to charities and non-profits, and a growing sense of altruism and desire to contribute to the public good amongst ICT staff is what prompted me to set up VOLT”, said James Plummer, Managing Director of Prospect. “By partnering with do-it, we have been able to bring existing opportunities to volunteer within the not-for-profit sector to ICT professionals looking to help.”

Volunteers will be offering a wide range of skills, from short term consultancy to help a local charity set up its PC network, to helping an organisation develop it’s Web site. They will be able to search for available opportunities via the VOLT Web site.

VOLT will be marketed both to individual employees and to companies’ ICT departments.

Charities looking to target ICT volunteers need to register their opportunities on do-it, either via their nearest volunteer bureau, or through the VOLT Web site.

UK Fundraising reported on the VOLT initiative back in December 2001 when it covered the initial online survey to assess the need. Smartchange, subsequently taken over by TimeBank, ran the survey at Volt!

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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