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Job matching site launches online volunteer centre
09 February 2005

Massachusetts: Monster, one of the leading job matching online, today launched a new online volunteer centre, Monster Volunteer Channel in collaboration with Idealist.org and boardnetUSA.org.

The service is designed to help connect the millions of users who are interested in volunteer opportunities by allowing them to search by interest and location.

In a recent Monster poll, 66 per cent of Monster users said they planned to seek volunteer opportunities in 2005. The Monster volunteer channel has thousands of volunteer opportunities -- from transportation providers to fundraisers to board memberships at many nonprofits across the country -- each gives people a chance to give back to their local communities.

"The recent events in Asia have drawn significant attention to the need for, and importance of, volunteering; and recent Monster polls suggest that a majority of our users will be looking for volunteer opportunities in the New Year," said Marcel Legrand, SVP, Strategy and Planning, Monster.

"The Monster Volunteer Center provides a way to connect the millions of people who want to give their time to help others with the agencies that most need their talents and skills. Through corporate-sponsored programs and individual interest, volunteering has become an important part of the fabric of today's workforce, and we look forward to helping spotlight this important need."

"We're delighted to be working with Monster to let more people know about the thousands of volunteer opportunities posted by so many organizations," said Ami Dar, Executive Director of Idealist.org. "Nonprofits serving people in local neighborhoods and across the world need volunteers to help them with their work. At the same time, there are millions of people with the skills, time, and desire to make a difference. This Volunteer Center is a great way for organizations and individuals to connect, and it's also a great example of how a company like Monster can use its resources to make a big difference."

"Serving on a nonprofit board is a valuable experience to bring leadership skills back into the workplace," said Brooke Mahoney, boardnetUSA's founder. “The Monster Volunteer Center is such an innovative way to enable talented individuals to offer their skills and experience to boardrooms that need them."

Accessible from the main job search page of Monster.com, the Volunteer Center contains customized content as well as a specialized job search area. The volunteer opportunities listed within the Monster Volunteer Center cannot be viewed from the general Monster job search area.

The Volunteer Center will also have continuously updated articles, helping to guide users about U.S.-based opportunities that are available to them. Through the search section, interested Monster users will be able to target opportunities in local communities and cities across the nation.