by Lisa Tome
Volunteer Cecil.org is connecting more people than ever.
The program, which started two years ago in February, helps local organizations find volunteers. It also helps those who want to volunteer find what interests them and ways to help.
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, is promoting volunteering among Cecil's residents and expanding the capacity of volunteer organizations to share their needs.
Organizations in need of volunteers post their needs. Those who want to give back, can explore those options. The county serves by providing the services. The organizations and volunteers do the rest.
Krista Gilmore Volunteer/Community Resource Coordinator for the Department of Community Services said that VolunteerCecil.org now has 650 registered users and 116 registered organizations who need volunteers.
"We have a lot of human services organizations - scouts, animal services, Fair Hill Races, Fair Hill Nature Center, Meeting Ground, Habitat for Humanity," said Gilmore. She also said that the American Cancer Society is always in need of volunteers.
Gilmore has also worked to coordinate volunteer management workshops. One will be held on Thursday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Elkton Senior Center, Chesapeake Boulevard. Connie Muller-Thym will present on Friday, March 24, also at the senior center, regarding volunteers in stressful positions. On April 20, a workshop on creating volunteer handbooks will be held at the Elkton Senior Center from 12:30-3 p.m.
Everyone can volunteer on September 23. That's the date that's been set for Cecil Cares 2017, a countywide service day.
To participate in any of these events, or volunteer workshops, or become involved in Cecil Cares, email Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-996-8416.