Jan 6, 2016
Back in 2013, a group of local nonprofit leaders joined forces to unveil a new easy-to-use web-based platform that matches the right volunteers with the right opportunities.
The collaborative effort came out of the first cycle of The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation's Schneider Circle, a program designed to strengthen local nonprofits through trainings, leadership forums, fundraising coaching and more.
"The initial group of Schneider Circle participants worked together for 2 years and determined that continued collaboration was essential to the nonprofit community. We decided that a joint effort was an important approach to meeting our volunteer needs," said John Urbanski, president and CEO of United Way of Hancock County. The leadership team serving with Urbanski for this project included Leigh Esper, The Arts Partnership; Jennifer Swartzlander, Children's Mentoring Connection; and Carol Metzger, Cancer Patient Services.
The website currently includes 17 local nonprofit agencies. More agencies were accepted in May of 2014.
The site allows agencies to submit volunteer opportunities. Local citizens can establish an account and respond to agency needs as well as respond to events occurring in the community. The cost is shared by all organizations that participate.
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