by Lisa Tome
In the new year, there will be a brand new way to find your perfect match.
Volunteer Cecil, a grant-funded initiative coordinated by the Cecil County Department of Senior Services & Community Transit, through the Governor's Office on Service & Volunteerism, will promote volunteering among Cecil's residents and expand the capacity of volunteer organizations.
In addition to providing an online volunteer engagement resource, grant funds are allocated to conduct a public awareness campaign, offer free volunteer management workshops, and to organize and support community service projects.
Under the direction of Cecil County Department of Senior Services & Community Transit Department's Community Services Chief Linda Tull, an online volunteer resource program will be created. The new system will provide one central location that will enable volunteers of all ages to connect with service opportunities in the community. The system will be launched in February 2015. Prior to the launch, there will be enrollment sessions for interested community partners and a public awareness campaign.
"This system will be the first of its kind in Cecil. It will connect volunteers with volunteer organizations. It will be one stop shopping," said Tull.
For several years, Cecil has had a volunteer guide, both online and printed versions, provided through the Senior Services & Community Transit Department.
Krista Gilmore, Volunteer/Community Resource Coordinator, said that for years, she has been hearing from those who want to volunteer, but weren't sure how to find opportunities. VolunteerCecil.org will provide the opportunities for prospective volunteers and those who want to help. It can also be a valuable resource for students who need to meet service learning requirements.
Gilmore said that the training will also provide agencies who accept volunteers with ways to recruit and keep their valuable resource.