Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our New Volunteer Portal is LIVE!

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It’s been several months in the making, but we’re proud to unveil a brand-new Volunteer Portal on our Catholic Charities website!

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Everywhere you see the work of Catholic Charities, you see the work of a volunteer serving as Christ’s hands to those in need. “With over 5,000 volunteers committing their time to us last year, we needed to upgrade to a more sophisticated system, ensuring our programs get the help they need and our volunteers get positions they love,” said Hilary Bragg, program assistant for Catholic Charities Outreach Department.

Here’s some highlights of the new Volunteer Portal, unveiled yesterday on our website:

Easy sign up. We streamlined the sign up process, to place volunteers in our programs as efficiently as possible. Our new system allows you sign up online, browse positions that match your interests, even register volunteer groups from your office or school! To quote our Volunteer Manager, Mayra Griffiths: "It's quick, it's simple, it's user friendly!" 

New Feature! One Time Opportunities. Many people approach us who want to volunteer, but their work schedules make it hard to plan for a long-term commitment. So we created a section for one-time opportunities, where you sign up to help at Catholic Charities whenever you have a few hours to spare – serve dinner after work one night, or distribute grocery packages on a Saturday morning.

Online Volunteer Community. Our programs serve our most vulnerable neighbors, so as a safety measure some of our volunteer opportunities require specific screenings or trainings. For ongoing volunteers, the Volunteer Community helps our Volunteer Team keep track of each volunteer’s clearances, forms, and other information.

Above all, these improvements create more opportunities for volunteers to help us serve everyone who comes our way. Volunteering with Catholic Charities can turn someone’s hour of greatest need into a moment of relief, hope, and joy. You could be the dentist who fills a child's painful cavity, a volunteer tutor practicing conversational English with a refugee, or the volunteer who frees up time for a case manager to meet one-on-one with clients by handling administrative tasks.

"Our goal is to fill up open slots with energetic volunteers," Mayra said. "If you're a newbie volunteer, try a one-time opportunity to get your feet wet - we're sure you'll be back!"

Ready to volunteer with us? Enter the Volunteer Portal here and check out all we have to offer. We’d also love to hear any suggestions you have to make the site even better. Contact us at Volunteer@CatholicCharitiesDC.org