Online volunteer centre receives $45k Ontario Trillium Foundation grant

A new online volunteer centre will receive $45,000 to help build a network of not-for-profit organizations, employers and individuals.

The funding for Sarnia Gives will be used to enhance the website, expand its online offerings and increase volunteerism and the capacity of smaller local organizations to deliver their own programs and services.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said volunteerism was cited as one of the reasons for Chatelaine magazine naming Sarnia as a "top 10" places to live in Canada.

"The support of the Trillium Foundation to Sarnia Gives will only enhance and grow that deep tradition by focusing the volunteer needs in the community in one place, where people can look for what opportunity is best for them to serve and give back."

The fundamental goal of Sarnia Gives, launched in July 2011,  is to provide an online platform where volunteers can seek out opportunities to give of their time and not-for-profit organizations can showcase opportunities that are available to those looking to use their talents in a charitable manner.

“The premise of Sarnia Gives is to be the primary source of volunteer opportunities, both for the volunteer and the agency”, said Scott Palko, Sarnia Gives co-founder and board chair,.  “We are very fortunate to live in a community where residents are actively looking to give of their time and they have a plethora of agencies that all work toward noble causes to choose from.  Our job is to help make that match easier.”

There is no cost to volunteers to use the website.  The official launch event of the website is being held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club.  The event will be an open house that runs from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., with remarks being made at 6:30 p.m..  There is no cost and the public is welcome to attend.


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