VolunteerMatch Launches New Google Earth Integration As Part of Historic MLK Day Celebration

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State-of-the-art upgrade presents a new vision of service for millions of volunteers who have been inspired by President-Elect Obama's call to renew America

I found it fascinating to fly around the United States and my own community, learning about volunteer opportunities in my own backyard.

This morning, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Web's largest and most popular volunteer network launched a new Google Earth™ integration that will make it easier for millions of Americans to find a great place to volunteer.

The feature expands VolunteerMatch's award-winning search functionality to let visitors to http://www.volunteermatch.org browse local volunteer opportunities using the Google Earth™ mapping service. After installing the Google Earth™ plug-in, Web visitors can view tens of thousands of volunteer opportunities posted by local nonprofit organizations that have joined the VolunteerMatch network.

The launch is set against the backdrop of what will be the biggest Martin Luther King Day of Service in history as individuals and nonprofits celebrate the power of service and volunteering to strengthen communities. Initiated by Congress in 1994, the King Day of Service has grown in impact and awareness ever since. This year the holiday is one of the centerpieces of President-Elect Obama's inaugural festivities and the beneficiary of his call for Americans to serve. The Day of Service takes place on Monday, January 19.

"We're proud to be investing in technology that supports the national effort to renew the spirit of service embodied by Dr. King," said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. "We know Americans are hungry to get involved. Our new Google Earth plug-in makes it easier to learn about your community and connect with a meaningful opportunity to serve."

"To see VolunteerMatch's Google Earth integration in action is a great reminder of the power of technology to make the world a better place," said Rebecca Moore, manager of Google Earth™ Outreach, a company program designed to help nonprofit organizations around the world leverage Google's mapping tools in their work. "I found it fascinating to fly around the United States and my own community, learning about volunteer opportunities in my own backyard."

For more about VolunteerMatch Google Earth™:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/resources/googleearth_intro.jsp

For more about VolunteerMatch:
http://www.volunteermatch.org

For more about Google Earth Outreach:
http://earth.google.com/outreach

For more about the Martin Luther King Day of Service
http://www.mlkday.gov

About VolunteerMatch:
VolunteerMatch is the Web's largest and most popular volunteering network. Its award- winning online service, http://www.volunteermatch.org, strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The VolunteerMatch network regularly welcomes more than 8 million visitors each year, including millions of participants in employee volunteer programs, and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for more than 62,000 nonprofits.

For more information about VolunteerMatch, please contact:
Robert J. Rosenthal
415.241.6865

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