The initial training for this year will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the United Way of Bradley County offices on Ocoee Street. It will last approximately two hours.
“The Volunteer Center (www.volunteerocoee.org) connects community assets to community needs,” said Jaynese Waddell, director of volunteer services for United Way of Bradley County. “It connects those who want to help with those needing help, and those in need with those who desire to serve and make a difference in our community.”
The Volunteer Center began in August 2013. It is an online community bulletin board for people in need of a service.
Nonprofit organizations, schools, hospices, churches, government programs, hospitals and nursing homes will be able to use the Volunteer Center to spread the word about ways community members can get involved with their work and serve those in need.
“We require everyone who plans on posting any type of volunteer opportunity to attend one of these trainings,” Waddell said. “We want to make sure that these organizations understand the philosophy behind the center and how to use the many tools available for recruiting volunteers.”
A number of local organizations have already greatly benefitted from posting opportunities on the Volunteer Center site.
“The Caring Place’s Sac Pac program has used the time and strengths of many Cleveland State [Community College] students to ensure elementary school children had food over the weekend,” Waddell said.
“Family Promise of Bradley County was able to get connected to an accountant willing to share his time and expertise to help homeless families in our community.”
Registration for the training is required, and space is limited. To register, call Waddell at the United Way office at (423) 479-2020 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the schedule for this year’s training sessions:
n Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to noon
n Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
n Tuesday, March 18, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
n Thursday, April 17, 2 to 4 p.m.
n Wednesday, May 21, 10 a.m. to noon
n Tuesday, June 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
n Wednesday, July 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
n Thursday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
n Tuesday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to noon
n Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
n Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, you may visit the center at www.volunteerocoee.org.