Since the launch of 2-1-1 Helpline’s Give Help web site earlier this month, agencies that have posted volunteer opportunities on the site have witnessed a steady increase in visits and inquiries, and IHS staff are continuing to field calls from agencies interested in posting opportunities. We were really pleased to learn of our successful application for support from Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. This grant will allow the Give Help project to outreach to organizations not yet familiar with the service and provide training to agencies throughout Steuben and Chemung Counties.
We are working to increase awareness of the various management features available on the Give Help site. Agencies may post ongoing or one-time (date-specific) volunteer opportunities, plan events involving multiple projects, post agency news, keep records of their volunteers’ hours, and communicate directly with their volunteers. Opportunities posted on the Give Help site are now being shared with national clearinghouses such as All for Good, Hands on Network and Network for Good, in order to reach a wider audience. We plan to activate the material goods donation functions in the coming weeks, as well.
For more information about 2-1-1 Helpline’s Give Help or registering your agency, dial 2-1-1 or visit 211helpline.org.
The Give Help web site is a free resource for large and small organizations that seek to recruit and manage volunteers.
2-1-1 Helpline is a free and confidential information and referral service that connects individuals with resources and volunteer opportunities in our community. 2-1-1 Helpline directs those in need to hundreds of local human service agencies, government programs, and self-help and support groups. Callers speak directly with our information and referral specialists Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, with crisis referral 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Dial 2-1-1 or search www.211helpline.org.