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June 14, 2014 | North America: Virginia

Snagajob fuels FANdamonium in Virginia

By Katie McGinty Botha

Snagajob volunteers welcome athletes and fans with cheer sticks as they arrive at Opening Ceremony.

Five years ago, Special Olympics Virginia worked with a local creative agency to solve a really nice problem. We had too many volunteers interested in Summer Games. We hated to say no to eager members of the community, so we needed a way to channel their interest in a meaningful way. The solution? Volunteer2Cheer! Once we had the online portal ( designed and launched, we had another problem. We weren't experts at online recruitment. Luckily, our friends at Snagajob were eager to help. "That's what we do best," says lead volunteer Candace Nicolls, who serves as Director of Snagger Services for Snagajob when she's not launching T-shirts at screaming Special Olympics fans. Thanks to Snagajob's leadership and creative activation of the Volunteer2Cheer program, thousands of fans have literally turned up the volume at state games throughout the year. That's skills-based volunteering at its best!

About Katie McGinty Botha: I am Vice President, Development & Communications for Special Olympics Virginia.

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