New online volunteer resource for United Way

BUFFALO – United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, United Way of South-ern Chautauqua County, and The Service Collaborative of WNY Inc. is unveiling www.volunteerwny.org in Chautauqua County during National Volunteer Week (April 21-27).

The website partners with local non-profit agencies that engage in volunteer generation and connects volunteers with opportunities in the Western New York region. Currently, www.volunteerwny.org has established 190 non-profit partnerships and offers visitors the opportunity to search for volunteer opportunities based on location, agency name, population served (seniors, at-risk youth, homeless etc.), and a number of other factors.

The website was unveiled during last year’s National Volunteer Week and has proven to be a significant asset for the community.

“VolunteerWNY is the vehicle to address critical needs by inspiring individuals to serve their communities.” Kate Sarata, Executive Director of TSCWNY, said. “VolunteerWNY connects prospective volunteers with meaningful opportunities to volunteer which will ultimately help our whole community thrive.”

Promoting and facilitating volunteerism is a central component of the missions of both United Ways and officials at both organizations expressed excitement about the potential of the site to make a positive impact in the community.

“Volunteerism is core to our movement,” Deborah Tederous, Executive Director at the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, said. “The services and expertise volunteers provide allow nonprofit organizations, and ergo the communities they live in, to function in a stronger and healthier capacity.”

Tory Irgang, Executive Director of United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, recognizes the value of VolunteerWNY and the impact it can make in the community.

“We see ourselves as a connector between the community members and corporate partners looking to give back and the agencies seeking committed volunteers,” she said. “We view this website as a terrific resource and are pleased to help launch and promote it.”

VolunteerWNY, in partnership with The Service Collaborative of WNY Inc. and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, is one of 10 regional volunteer centers in New York state. It is funded through the New York State Volunteer Generation Program. All United Ways working together on this initiative have hosted a number of informational sessions for agencies, volunteer management training, and are actively promoting the site to potential volunteers.

Individuals interested in finding volunteer opportunities can visit the site at www.volunteerwny.org, or call The Service Collaborative of WNY at 418-8500 Ext 150.