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Wouldn’t it be nice if organizations needing assistance could produce an entire database of eager volunteers with the click of a mouse? And wouldn’t it be great if volunteers could effortlessly generate a directory of all the service opportunities in their community? Well, now they can. On Oct. 1, United Way of Salt Lake, through its Summit County Regional Office in cooperation with The Park City Foundation, will host a training session on Volunteer Solutions, computer software that helps connect volunteers, nonprofit agencies, corporations, event organizers, and volunteer centers. The training is open to all Summit County nonprofit organizations.

The Volunteer Solutions software has been purchased by United Way and will be distributed to local organizations at no cost. The program features a database that allows nonprofit agencies to advertise their volunteer and resource needs and reach out to community members.

According to Judy Sobin, regional director of the Summit County Regional Office of United Way, many nonprofits in the area are experiencing increased demand for services, shrinking budgets and unmet volunteer opportunities, and these organizations will benefit considerably from this free service. Volunteer Solutions provides an efficient and effective method for tapping into community resources, says Sobin.

Furthermore, the software enables citizens to search for and correspond with nonprofit agencies to find volunteer roles that fits their interests, skills and schedules. Volunteers can also register to receive automatic emails that list volunteer opportunities matching their specific profiles.

"I think it will be helpful," says Alison Hayes, a case manager at the Peace House Women’s Shelter in Park City. The Peace House utilizes volunteers for education services, fundraising, event assistance, office administration and various other projects. "It’s a challenge sometimes to coordinate with volunteers, and that can make it difficult for volunteers to have a rewarding experience."

The upcoming event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the National Ability Center. It will include an hour-long training session followed by refreshments and a discussion on volunteer recruitment strategies. Agencies will learn how to set up their own pages as well as how to input and update information.

"We are very excited about the event on Wednesday and the impact it can have on volunteer recruitment in Park City," says Katie Wright, programs director at the Park City Foundation.

For more information, contact Trisha Worthington, executive director of The Park City Foundation, at (435) 214-2146.


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