Event matches volunteers with worthy causes

March 29, 2010 3:31:44 PM PDT
A local company is helping professional women get fixed up online. It's not a dating service, but it is a matchmaker. As ABC 7's Ravi Baichwal reports, the company sets up volunteers with non-profits in need.

Leslie Meisner is helping to plan a fundraiser and recruit volunteers. But it's not part of her day job where she is a wealth manager for a major bank.

"What I wanted to do was get engaged with young women and figure out a way that I can use my professional skills to help young women," said Meisner.

The organization is Annie's Legacy, a non-profit that offers mentoring to victims of domestic abuse. Meisner found it online through a clearinghouse called "Women on Call." Non-profits sign up for services they need, like graphic arts, accountancy or legal work. Women register their professional skills and see where there is a match.

"The way I thought about it was, How can we help a lot of non-profits in areas where they can't afford to get people?" said Margot Pritzker WomenonCall.org founder.

Recently, Women on Call held a "speed mating" event, where volunteers and worthy causes could connect in person. All were expecting these five-minute meetings to help them snag their perfect match.

Beverly Billy says her luck with Leslie and other volunteers from the organization keeps her coming back for more.

"My initial success was with having someone do my first brochure, and after that we had someone help us with our 990, and as my organization grew and we had different needs, I started looking for a variety of other help," said Billy, Annie's Legacy founder.

Organizers at Women on Call say they check out the credentials of all the volunteers who register before they are allowed to volunteer with a non-profit.

For more information, go to WomenonCall.org.