New, free volunteer service available to local nonprofits

United Way offers easy-to-use web-based platform matching donors, advocates, and volunteers with opportunities for service

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United Way LogoUnited Way of Indian River County has picked up the baton for promoting and managing volunteerism by hosting a new website, http://www.volunteerindianrivercounty.org .

“Other organizations have done some volunteer coordination in the past but there has been nobody taking the lead in Indian River County in recent years,” explained Michael Kint, CEO, United Way of Indian River County. “We have tested this website ourselves and with our funded partners, now we’re excited to offer it to any nonprofit that uses volunteers.”

The website is an easy-to-use platform that matches the right donors, advocates, and volunteers with the right opportunities in this community. One can find ways to give unused materials and household items to agencies in need of donations, advocate for causes that require a passionate voice, and volunteer time in ways that make a real difference.

Alan Polackwich, Sr., retired Indian River County Attorney and current United Way Board Member is heading this project. “At United Way we use the call to action GIVE.ADVOCATE.VOLUNTEER,” Polackwich explained, “and we want to make it easy and satisfying for people to serve their community in a way most meaningful to them while keeping the process organized and manageable for organizations needing the help. United Way of Indian River County is once more stepping up and filling a need for the good of the community.”

“There is no cost to volunteers or agencies to use this site. It’s like giving out free software,” said Kint. “If you have a computer and can go online, you can structure your volunteers through this website. The more organizations take advantage of the site, the more volunteers will be attracted to it and the better the process will work.”

There will be an introduction and demonstration of volunteerindianrivercounty.org on Wednesday, September 17, 3:30-5:00 PM, at the United Way Center, 1836 14th Ave., Vero Beach. This event is open to the public. RSVP by calling (772) 567-8900 ext. 15, or send an email to: info@unitedwayirc.org.

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