The community service event organizer would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation for a volunteer spot. That is, will you be coming to the event or not?
This is important from a practical point of view, because the event organizer needs to know how many volunteers to count on in order to properly manage the event.
Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.
It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
As long as the event is a community service event that one could find written about on the CNCS site (as in contrast to, let’s say, a performing arts event with ticket sales), it will fit on this site.
Hopefully, the site will be able to provide its services on a low-budget as we do not maintain an office (pay rent) and do not employ staff (pay payroll).
However, there are some out-of-pocket costs involved in operating this site: hosting fees, software licenses, etc. The operator will also need to spend some time on maintaining and marketing the site, etc.
So, we’ll accept sponsorships from benefitting parties; and we might show a few ads to bring in a few dollars to cover the basics. Hope we’ll be forgiven for that 😉