continued The site also registers volunteers and in the session the groups will be shown how to log their volunteer’s hours to be run in reports.
“The grant program was originally launched after a report came out that New York ranked 51st (last) in volunteerism, I don’t think that could be true based on our community’s volunteer numbers,” Snow said. “Through the data base we can teach the different groups how to keep track of the number of volunteers and volunteer hours they’ve accumulated, which can help them when applying for grants.”
During the session, guests will have the opportunity to get step-by-step instructions using the library’s computers to register on the website.
“Our website has been up a year, we are going to show the people who come to the event how to create their online profile and explain their volunteer needs in a creative way,” said Snow. “We’re like a matchmaker for agencies that are in desperate need and volunteers that want to help.”
The training event is open to community organizations, agencies, potential volunteers and veteran volunteers and municipalities. Included in the training will be a focus on recruitment, orienting, supporting, evaluating and saluting (ROSES) volunteers.
Snow said with state budget cuts many not-for-profits are having to do more work with less people.
“Volunteers are very valuable, especially now,” Snow said. “These agencies need help and people can find something matching their passions and values on the site.”
There will be a free lunch served while discussing the volunteer data base and volunteer recruitment strategies.
Those interested in participating in the program are asked to register for the training by Aug. 26, by calling the UWAR at 563-0028 or email Kathy Snow (Kathy@unitedwayadk.org).