UNITED WAY VOLUNTEER CENTER LAUNCHES NEW PLATFORM
Local volunteerism is the power behind long-lasting change, and by introducing a new, dynamic online volunteer platform to our community, United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades is the driving force for volunteer engagement, donations, and impacting change within our community.
Since 2008, United Way has been promoting local nonprofit and partner agencies’ volunteer opportunities, special events, and corporate engagement activities with the hopes of increasing the ability for community members to get involved. This new mobile-friendly and web-based system, administrated by United Way Volunteer Center team is free to use for both volunteers and non-profits.
Our goal for this website is twofold: to provide our community with an easier way to volunteer, and to give our programs a chance to share the platform’s benefits of volunteer management, tracking, and reporting. It is designed to engage volunteers, give users an enjoyable experience, and make good things happen in communities of all sizes.
United Way Volunteer Center’s new platform will do more than just create matches among the service community and private citizens; it will also help to build lasting relationships. Volunteers can build a custom profile to track their hours for school or work and add interests and alerts for future events.
Opportunities currently listed online include one-time projects and ongoing positions for mentoring and reading to youth, pet therapy, feeding the hungry and more. Users can go to UnitedWayLee.org/Volunteer/ to respond to these needs and are encouraged to check back often for updates as volunteer needs are added daily.
“Our United Way Volunteer Center Team has worked diligently to launch this new portal, we are grateful for our community partners: LCEC and Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners support and sponsorship which helps make it possible”, said Volunteer Center Vice President, Patrice Cunningham.
“Responding to needs is easy and can change a life. LCEC has a long history of supporting United Way agencies and we know volunteerism is a huge part of the equation. Making it easier for our employees to be involved can only increase our engagement more,” said Karen Ryan, LCEC Director of Public Relations.
Tom Uhler, Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners states, “Uhler and Vertich is pleased to support this dynamic tool. Individuals, not-for-profits, and the entire community will benefit from tracking the hours volunteered by caring residents. The impact of volunteerism is difficult to measure and this will provide a tool to measure that impact.”