15 different non-profit organizations borrowed the speed dating concept and created “Speed Matching” to help connect volunteers to the right agency.
“This is a really important event to bring in volunteers because many of these organizations rely on their volunteers to help them, and if they didn’t have them they wouldn’t be able to continue to run their programs,” said Jeanette Wason Events Assistant with the Sacramento Zoo
Around 40 prospective volunteers participated in Saturday’s event.
“It’s really fast paced, and you get to meet 15 non-profits in less than an hour. So this really just connects everybody together,” said Stacey Fong with the City of Sacramento.
When the bell rings, a prospective volunteer’s three minutes are up and it’s time to move on to the next non-profit.
“It’s very fun. It reminds me of speed dating, but it’s more informative. You don’t really have to talk much; they do all the talking, so you just sit back and take notes,” said prospective volunteer Vanessa White.
“You know, I’ve tried looking up different networking opportunities online and it’s different to be able to get to talk to somebody and get to see a wide range of different activities,” said Carolyn Durkee, another prospective volunteer.
Each agency FOX40 spoke to at the event stressed how volunteers are the lifeblood of their organization.
“There’s a lot of parkway out there. Most of our programs would not be able to function if we did not have dedicated volunteers that would come out and give us their Saturday morning,” said Meghan Kane with the American River Parkway Foundation.