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Virtual Volunteering, Real Results

We are a group of University of Chicago students, and we want to create an online space to allow college students to volunteer for nonprofits.  We have found that many college students are willing to volunteer their time for nonprofits but due to time and/or transportation restraints, they do not follow through.  We have also identified skills sets among college students (i.e. language/translation skills, computer programming skills) that are valuable to nonprofit organization.  Therefore, we are creating a webspace called ChangeMachine to connect college students to nonprofits.  Nonprofits can crowdsource their tasks so that they can save their time and resources by letting college students with the skills to volunteer for them.  Unlike existing microvolunteering sites, we want to focus on student collaboration so that people can brainstorm, cross-reference, and verify each other’s work, improving both accuracy and efficiency.  Additionally, we want to make connections to college academic departments so that students may obtain course extra credit by volunteering their skills relevant to the academic department and that they may reference their work on ChangeMachine on their resume.

We are very excited to make connections with students and academic departments and would really love to involve nonprofit organization.

Please send us feedbacks and contact us if you are interested:


Follow us on twitter: @_changemachine

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 3:18 pm

    Good day,

    We are a non-profit that develops curricula for 3rd-8th graders that teaches them about entrepreneurship, business, teamwork and leadership. We are visiting Chicago for a conference in early February, and were wondering if you’d be open to talking about how our non-profits can help each other. We noticed that you were following our Twitter feed, and after learning more about you, we really think our missions have a lot of commonalities.

    I hope to hear from you soon,


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