United Way of Greater Niagara and The Service Collaborative of WNY Inc. have unveiled www.volunteerwny.org in Niagara County. The website partners with local non-profit agencies that engage in volunteer generation and connects volunteers with opportunities in the Western New York region.
Currently, www.volunteerwny.org has established 215 non-profit partnerships and offers visitors the opportunity to search for volunteer opportunities based on location, agency name, population served (seniors, at-risk youth, homeless etc.), and a number of other factors.
The website was unveiled during last year's National Volunteer Week and has proven to be a significant asset for the community. "VolunteerWNY is the vehicle to address critical needs by inspiring individuals to serve their communities," said Kate Sarata, executive director of TSCWNY. "VolunteerWNY connects prospective volunteers with meaningful opportunities to volunteer - which will ultimately help our whole community thrive."
Promoting and facilitating volunteerism is a central component of the mission of the United Way and officials are excited about the potential of the site to make a positive impact in the community. "Volunteerism is core to our movement," said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, president at the United Way of Greater Niagara. "The services and expertise volunteers provide allow nonprofit organizations, and ergo the communities they live in, to function in a stronger and healthier capacity. Our office receives calls on a daily basis for volunteer opportunities in our community and this partnership will facilitate that process."
VolunteerWNY, in partnership with The Service Collaborative of WNY Inc. and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, is one of 10 regional volunteer centers in New York state. It is funded through the New York State Volunteer Generation Program.
All United Ways working together on this initiative have hosted a number of informational sessions for agencies, volunteer management training, and are actively promoting the site to potential volunteers. Individuals interested in finding volunteer opportunities can visit the site at www.volunteerwny.org, or call The Service Collaborative of WNY at 716-418-8500, ext. 150.