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November 26, 2020
 
Massachusetts Service Alliance Launches Volunteer Resource
Mass Service Alliance

August 15, 2020 — The Massachusetts Service Alliance, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism, this week announced it launched a free online resource to help nonprofit organizations connect with prospective volunteers to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new website—MSAConnectsforGood.org—currently lists volunteer opportunities with more than 500 organizations, and is available to nonprofits and volunteers at no charge.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) described the new platform as "the most advanced system for connecting volunteers and nonprofits anywhere in the Commonwealth."

MSA said the new platform will aid in the state’s COVID-19 recovery and provide "an important tool for nonprofits."

Organizations added to the site will be able to share how COVID-19 has impacted their work, mission, and service delivery. At the same time, organizations will also have the opportunity to build out their profile on this new platform for use during and beyond the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The state of uncertainty that we find ourselves and our nonprofit partners in has led MSA to explore ways that we could undertake efforts at the state level that would benefit all nonprofits in the Commonwealth,” said Emily Haber, CEO of MSA. “We believe this innovative, user-friendly volunteer platform created by Inspiring Service will allow nonprofits to form deeper connections with users at this critical time and far into the future.”

MSA plans to evolve this platform to be the state's "most comprehensive guide to active nonprofits" in Massachusetts where visitors can view and connect with stories of COVID-19 impact, ways to help, ways to give, and items they currently now.

“People really want to help right now given all that’s going on in our world, politically, economically, and socially. Having a website dedicated to providing nonprofit information to the community is a great way to connect nonprofits to the resources they need now more than ever,” said Liana Toscanini, executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires in Great Barrington.

“Finally, we have a user-friendly, current, and timely tool to connect our nonprofit organizations with volunteers, donors, community members, and each other,” said Anna Cross, executive director of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network in Framingham. “Not only will we have the benefit of having a statewide resource through MSA but as a partner organization, we will also have the opportunity to create a hyper-focused local resource that will give nonprofits a way to share their needs and stories with members of their community who are anxious to support their efforts.”

MSA Connects For Good is a partnership of Encore Boston Network, Empower Success Corps, MetroWest Nonprofit Network, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Inspiring Service.

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