United Way launches volunteer rescource

Published 8:44 am Thursday, June 2, 2016

You have some time on your hands and you want to get more involved in the community.

Where do you go to learn about how you can invest your extra time?

The United Way of Davie County  offers Get Connected as a central resource where you can discover volunteer opportunities and needs in Davie.

In an effort to increase the collaboration, connections and relationships among local non-profits and community members, the United Way is trying build awareness for the online volunteer and donor opportunity system, Get Connected (http://davieunitedway.galaxydigital.com/connected).

“Get Connected matches the right volunteers, advocates and donors with the right opportunities in our community,” said Melinda Beauchamp,

Residents are encouraged to use the system to find ways to give your unused materials and household items to agencies in need of donations, advocate for causes that require a passionate voice and volunteer time in ways that make a real difference.

The organization offers this service to partner agencies as a way to reach volunteers. Get Connected is available to all non-profit agencies or organizations across the county to discover needs, and fill those needs with community volunteers.

Similar to other social media sites, Get Connected offers the ability to create an account that enables volunteers to set up a personal profile to match interests to nonprofits needing help.

“We believe Get Connected is an excellent tool to reach a wide demographic in the community who are interested in volunteering,” said Beauchamp. “We want to reach retirees, high school and college age residents and people in their 20s and 30s. People are busy but we believe they still want to be involved.  The online accessibility of Get Connected helps people connect and see the wide range of volunteer opportunities, all in one central online platform.”

Whether interested in the arts and culture, education, housing, veterans, general community, health, basic needs, disaster response, mental wellness, employment, family, equality, crisis, animals and the environment—Get Connected allows participants to be put in touch with needs that fit your interest.  An additional benefit of the website, especially for young people working to fulfill community service requirements, is the ability to track volunteer hours.

“We are hopeful that by increasing awareness for Get Connected, our local non-profits and members of the community who desire to volunteer, will mutually benefit. This platform has the ability to help so many,” said Beauchamp.

Contact the United Way at 336-751-0313 or email Beauchamp at mbeauchamp@davieunitedway.org.