North Country Volunteer Center to hold recruitment workshop

— One of the most valuable resources of a community is its volunteers helping to sustain programs that enrich the lives of residents. To harness that energy, the North Country Regional Volunteer Center (NCVC) will host an educational event for organizations to learn how to reach potential volunteers through an online data base on Aug. 29.

NCVC, operated by the United Way of the Adirondack Region (UWAR), will host the training event at the Plattsburgh City Library, 19 Oak Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the training, participants will learn how to create organizational profiles that illustrate the work of the organization and the desires of its volunteers, said UWAR Director of Development, Kathy Snow.

During the event, officials of NCVC will be shown how their website can be used as a tool for recruiting volunteers. The NCVC website, www.northcountryvolunteer.org, was launched in June 2012. The NCVC and the website were started thanks to a grant awarded by the State Commission on National Community Service three years ago, Snow said.

The online volunteer resource center serves Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

Snow said the website is a mutually beneficial tool for organizations in need of help and residents looking for a place to help their community. The site can match people with a passion for helping to where they can do the most good.

“Volunteers can go to the site and type into the keywords, ‘Driver,’ ‘Animals,’ ‘Youth’ or ‘Elderly’ and be matched with an organization doing something they are passionate about and where they can really help,” said Snow. “It’s really good to give back, a lot of people generally don’t have the money they might want to give but time is free and can be the most valuable gift someone can offer.”

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