Startup that helps nonprofits manage volunteers launches with chili cook-off

Leawood, Kan.-based startup VolunteerMark is celebrating its recent launch with an event fitting of its mission—a charity chili cook-off ...

Leawood, Kan.-based startup VolunteerMark is celebrating its recent launch with an event fitting of its mission—a charity chili cook-off. 

The startup, which recently joined the Archer Foundation‘s Get Started program, aims to help nonprofits organize volunteer lists and manage volunteering opportunities. 

“VolunteerMark is not only saving nonprofits time and money, we’re dedicated to creating a sense of camaraderie in the nonprofit community,” said Katie Martino, VolunteerMark’s communications specialist, in a press release. “We want to have this event to celebrate our product launch, as well as to celebrate the local nonprofits and volunteers.”

The chili cook-off will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hope Faith Ministries in Kansas City with teams from local businesses joining forces to see who can make the best chili. The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation or toiletry item is suggested. 

“We have a high-tech solution for nonprofit organizations to maximize the volunteer experience,” said VolunteerMark founder Andrew Stanley in an email to Silicon Prairie News. “We are a website and app for volunteers to go and find volunteer opportunities based on their skills, interests, availability and then we are a complete management tool both for the volunteer and organization.” 

The startup then integrates its volunteer management platform with social media, text messaging, reminders and more. Currently VolunteerMark is working with a number of Kansas City nonprofits to beta test the product and has partnered with a number of other volunteer resources.

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