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About VolunteerNow

The idea for this website came from a discussion between Stephen Tindall and the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, on finding ways to encourage "Young Seniors" to be involved in their local communities.

Volunteering New Zealand was approached by the Tindall Foundation with an offer of funding to develop a web site to this end. The project fitted well with the intended expansion of the VNZ web presence so VNZ gladly took up the offer of the additional financial assistance. At the request of the Volunteer Centres the project now also encompasses an 0800 number which connects callers directly to their nearest volunteer centre. The Members of Volunteering New Zealand were canvassed to determine a suitable name for the project from a short-list of available domain names.

Of course it is recognised that a web site in the public domain is accessable by all persons, not limited to a demographic group, but the site has a special page for the "Young Seniors" target group. The website has a database of jobs uploaded by the members of Volunteering New Zealand which volunteers can search.

At the time of the launch of this project, by Stephen Tindall at the Knowledge Wave Forum on February 21 2003, the necessary work to be done at the Centres to enable the uploading of the jobs had not been undertaken, but all work is now complete, thanks to the efforts of Volunteering New Zealand and Volunteer Centres.


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