Create Compelling Tree Planting Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerMatch

March 21, 2012
12:00-1:00pm EDT
National Webcast

To help grassroots tree-planting organizations reach their volunteer recruitment and management goals, Alliance for Community Trees has teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to connect you with a new audience of potential volunteers using a new resource: the Volunteer Center. Created in partnership with, the Volunteer Center matches community members with nearby environmental volunteer opportunities simply by typing in their zip code.

We will be introducing the Volunteer Center and going over best practices for online volunteer recruitment for tree-related projects during this VolunteerMatch webinar on March 21. Using common volunteer opportunities from tree planting organizations, we’ll discuss best practices for creating listings on VolunteerMatch that will appeal to the volunteers you’re looking for. Volunteer coordinators from two ACTrees member organizations will discuss how and why they’re using this system, and how it benefits their organizations.

Related Resources: Volunteer Center
Tips from VolunteerMatch
How to Post to the Volunteer Center
Benefits of the Volunteer Center


Meredith KingMeredith King, Volunteer Coordinator, Sacramento Tree Foundation (Sacramento, CA)
Sacramento Tree Foundation recruits and manages community members to fill an average of 3,000 volunteer spots each year. In addition to general tree planting days, Sacramento Tree Foundation offers targeted volunteering opportunities for kids, tree tours, fundraising, internships, and greenspace training.

Andy MeeksAndy Meeks, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Friends of Trees (Portland, OR)
Friends of Trees welcomes volunteers all year, in all parts of its work, from planning to planting. Opportunities for interested volunteers include tree planting, preparatory loading, registration, photography, summer festival tabling, interns, summer inspectors, and office volunteers.

Mary WidhelmMary Widhelm, Program Coordinator, Arbor Day Foundation (Lincoln, NE)
Created in partnership with and Toyota, the Volunteer Center matches community members with local, environmentally-focused volunteer opportunities simply by typing in their zip code.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Using the new Volunteer Center to recruit volunteers
* Sample descriptions, custom questions, before-and-after examples for good listings
* Accessing Premium Account tools to pre-screen prospective volunteers
* Orienting your postings for environment-interested volunteers

Note: After registering for this webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees: Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer