As the Volunteer Referral Center, now in our 29th year, we are proud of the impact our organization has had on hundreds of our fellow nonprofit organizations over the years. The Volunteer Referral Center remains dedicated to connecting volunteers with agencies that benefit from the range of skills and experience these volunteers can offer. For a quarter-century, VRC has matched thousands of dedicated, talented New Yorkers with opportunities to volunteer at nonprofits where their services help strengthen communities, families, and individuals throughout our city.
The generosity of supporters strengthens the work of the VRC in powerful ways:
Facilitating New Yorkers’ desire to give back to their communities by volunteering their time, talent, and dedication to causes that are important to them. VRC has learned that one of the main impediments facing potential volunteers is not knowing where or how to start successfully. VRC works with individuals to assess their skills and interests to find a suitable match. By centralizing and connecting, VRC makes it easier for nonprofits to find volunteers and to channel volunteer talent and enthusiasm to where it is most needed.
Advancing the work of New York City nonprofits. At a time of economic volatility, the city’s charitable organizations continue to work ceaselessly to carry out their missions—to help the elderly, the young, the poor, and the sick; to combat homelessness, hunger, and disease; to promote literacy; and to address a host of other human needs. By recruiting and tapping into the city’s committed pool of volunteers, VRC offers a meaningful, effective way to help almost 300 organizations sustain their missions, strengthening communities, families, and individuals in New York City.
In a time of challenge and tremendous need, the services of the Volunteer Referral Center are more vital than ever. In 2017 VRC made more than 2,500 referrals to our almost 300 partner agencies. With each volunteer contributing a conservatively estimated three hours a week, at a value estimated by Independent Sector at $28.06 per hour in New York City, we calculate the total value of our volunteers’ services to nonprofit agencies at $4,377,360 last year.