Using a social media pledge-a-thon with #volunteerrapidcity, the 211 Helpline Center will launch the Volunteer Connections online volunteer portal on Thursday, Jan. 22. The goal is to secure 1,000 hours in volunteer pledges.
To launch the new portal, 211 Volunteer Connections will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helpline Center office, 529 Kansas City St. in Rapid City. A ribbon-cutting is set for 1 p.m.
Volunteer Connections will offer an online database where Black Hills area agencies will be able to post volunteer opportunities. Volunteers will be able to search those opportunities to find the volunteer experience that’s perfect for them. Volunteers can also call 211 to get information about volunteer opportunities.
The project is funded by a grant from the John. T. Vucurevich Foundation.
Read the complete news release announcing Volunteer Connections below. Find a flier about the Jan. 22 open house attached to this post.
Volunteer Connections challenges community to pledge volunteer hours for 2015
RAPID CITY – In less than a week, Helpline Center kicks off its new Volunteer Connections program with Volunteer Rapid City, a social media pledge-a-thon.
During the day-long Volunteer Rapid City event on Jan. 22, Volunteer Connections challenges community members to pledge volunteer hours for 2015. Whether those hours are spent feeding the hungry, caring for the homeless or tutoring children, the community will be a better place because of it, officials say.
“Rapid City and the Black Hills have amazing nonprofit agencies providing much-needed services to our communities. And they rely heavily on volunteers,” said Lynn Taylor Rick, Volunteer Connections Coordinator. “Volunteer Connections will help those agencies find the volunteers they need and help volunteers find volunteer opportunities that fit their interests. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Volunteer Connections offers an online database found at helplinecenter.org where Black Hills area agencies post volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are able to search those opportunities to find the volunteer experience that’s perfect for them. Volunteers can also call 211 to connect with agencies.
Helpline Center’s Volunteer Connections program was established in Rapid City in September 2014 through a grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. “For years, there has been a need in the community for a program to help volunteers of all ages connect with nonprofit agencies. Teenagers in Rapid City alone contribute more than 7,000 volunteer hours each year to the community. This program will be of great help to them, and everyone in the community, in connecting with local agencies,” said Sandy Diegel, Chief Executive Officer of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.
Volunteer Rapid City on Jan. 22 will jump-start the new program. The public can visit helplinecenter.org to print a pledge form. People are encouraged to fill it out, snap a selfie with the form and post the picture to Instagram or Facebook with #volunteerrapidcity. They can then visit http://helplinecenter.org/volunteer-services/black-hills/volunteer-rapid-city/ to see other volunteer selfies and start searching for the perfect volunteer opportunity for them. Volunteers can also call 2-1-1 to pledge volunteer hours.
Volunteer Rapid City will also include an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helpline Center office at 529 Kansas City St., Suite 200. Visitors can participate in hands-on volunteer projects throughout the day. Volunteer Connections will hold its Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at 1 p.m. The public is invited. To learn more about Volunteer Connections, call 2-1-1 or go to helplinecenter.org.