Mary, I've spent the past 3 months, on and off, as the volunteer Director of Social Media and Media Relations for the Camarillo Air Show. I basically had to start from nothing, which was a great oppy for me. I set up Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for them and developed a LivingSocial.com promo offer. I really enjoyed the work which built-up my social media skills. BTW, attendance at the show grew 65% over last year. Not due to just me, of course!
@nicole I love Kiva and most microfinance organizations. Kiva is great because it gives people the opportunity to learn, engage and support a population (microentrepreneurs) that they otherwise would be able to access in such a direct way.
Kim, re your question on age groups of volunteers -- the majority of our professionals are ages 25-40, however, we also have older folks participating. As I mentioned to @netxformer, we're really looking to reach the older demographic and would love thoughts on how to do that -- as that group is rich in skills and time.
I disagree with that last statement about pro bono appealing to younger audiences. I'm approaching 60 and have volunteered my services to WFP and Peace Corps for the last 2 years and am headed back to do more next month. And there are a lot of other PCVs and RC Response Volunteers who are older than me, even.
I'm in my 50's and am now looking for a new gig after 2 years at a cloud computing start-up...VCs pulled the plug. I recently registered with Catchafire after discovering it in an online article. Pro bono work is a good way to stay active and to show your next employer that you're determined to grow your skills.
I also have to say -- having done some pro-bono myself with a small business -- that it also lets you experiment and test yourself in related fields, in ways you might not ever get the chance to in your regular job.
@Nicole oh thank you!! I thought I found one and was elatedly chomping on this spicy cup of noodles when I bit into a freeze dried slice of pork.. prior to I thougth about approaching the mfr on an initiative to broaden its distribution (mass) PROBONO!
Having served with both Peace Corps and UN WFP in the past, I appreciate the value ofCatchafire/BRAC-USA. Is there room in your org for an Internet Solutions Archtitect working on disaster risk reduction in the Philippines alongside Peace Corps and UN-WFP? That is, is Catchafire opening an office in AsiaPac anytime soon?
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
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