united way 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/1/13) – Looking for a way to keep up with multiple local services and agencies in the area? United Way is offering a solution with the launch of its new website, Get Connected, as an easier way for volunteers to find services and for agencies to find volunteers.
 
Owensboro’s Volunteer Center closed many years ago, making it harder for people to find volunteer opportunities and ways to improve their community.
 
“This community has been lacking a hub for volunteers and agencies,” Robin Lancaster, Get Connected Coordinator for the United Way of the Ohio Valley, said.
 
The website is nation-wide, but is customized for each community. Volunteers can go to the site and create their own profile, similar to Facebook. They have a ‘wall’ with postings from agencies and events going on in the community.
 
“This day and age people like the opportunity for privacy,” Lancaster said. “This way, they can cruise through the website and through agencies at the office or at home.”
 
Site-goers can pick their particular interest and filter through agencies based on keywords. Local agencies such as The Salvation Army, Union County Senior Services, and Hospice of Western Kentucky are listed on the site.
 
“It makes it easy to zero right in on the kind of volunteering you want to do,” Lancaster said.
 
Students, the court appointed, and corporation volunteers, and also the agencies, can keep up with volunteer hours, and volunteers can also print their resume on the site. Volunteers can also see the dollar amount their hours are putting into the community.
 
“it’s super interactive and easy to use…it’s going to be a very useful tool in a lot of ways,” Lancaster said.
 
You can ‘Get Connected’ with the United Way for free on http://getconnected.uwov.org/.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

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