Rachael Chong has a quality about her that sparks attention, and it’s just more than her first name’s unusual spelling. The ethnically Chinese, Australian-born, full-time nomad is the founder and CEO of Catchafire, an online platform and volunteer movement that just launched this year.
Chong describes the site as an eHarmony for the professionals and non-profits. Catchafire helps non-profit organizations save thousands of dollars by matching it with skilled volunteers who want to help a good cause.
The flame was lit when Chong, who helped start up BRAC-USA, noticed that skills-based volunteer opportunities were difficult to find online. Instead, she decided to take the initiative into her own hands. She talked to hundreds of volunteer places around New York and discovered that most needed help within fields like marketing, communications, finance and human resources.
Catchafire has ignited, and it’s their goal to raise $1 million in volunteer service between November 1 and January 31. It’s currently at about $200,000, so volunteer your skills today.
To find out how, visit: www.catchafire.org/.