Cape and Islands United Way Launches New Easy-To-Use Cape Cod Volunteers Matching Website
Hyannis, MA (March 10, 2016) – The Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Cod’s leading social impact organization, is pleased to announce the launch of their new Cape Cod Volunteers Matching Website. The new website’s online volunteer matching platform showcases volunteer opportunities from local nonprofits, schools and agencies and enables local residents to browse and pursue volunteer positions across the Cape.
The website address remains the same capecodvolunteers.org. Enhancements to the site offer volunteers the ability to search and sign-up for service opportunities with ease using a simple user-friendly design. The new site also features volunteer profiles, volunteer time tracking, a volunteer resume generator, and organizational impact pages. Overall, the new site will be more effective and efficient in meeting the needs of local organizations that rely on volunteers to provide vital services – and make it easier for volunteers to find opportunities.
“Volunteerism has been the heart and soul of the United Way for decades,” said Cape and
Islands United Way CEO Barbara Milligan. “We believe that helping our local organizations build their human resource capacity through volunteerism is as important as providing the financial resources we have long been known for. And this matching volunteer site is a winner – it’s bright, and easy to use, and a huge improvement over the previous platform.”
With a network of more than 200 nonprofit organizations listed in Cape Cod Volunteers’ database, volunteers can easily connect with opportunities that fit their interests and schedule. Projects can be sorted by various filters including skills, and causes important to the volunteer. The site includes a section with opportunities for families to volunteer, and for civic positions, such as town boards and committees, to be posted.
Mary Everett-Patriquin, Volunteer Coordinator for Housing Assistance Corporation, stated that one of their recent hires came through Cape Cod Volunteers. “She was a college student looking for experience and used the Cape Cod Volunteers site to find us. She not only gained that experience, but did a great job while doing so – and we hired her!”
Melissa Ventola, an Americorp Mentoring Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, shares that they have had many “Bigs” come to them through the Cape Cod Volunteers website. “And we love the new matching site,” she added. “It allows us to better tell our story and appeal to potential volunteers in a compelling way.”
The new website was made possible by a grant from the Bilezikian Family Foundation. The grant was also in support of the larger effort of the Cape and Islands United Way to subsume the work of Cape Cod Volunteers and encourage volunteerism throughout the Cape. The website is hosted by the Cape Cod Times.
About Cape & Islands United Way
Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Cod’s leading social impact organization, strives to improve lives and strengthen communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The organization’s network – of donors, volunteers, and citizens who care – raises money, leverages resources, and donates time and talents to not only provide a safety net for those in need, but to create a collective community vision and drive sustainable change. The work of the Cape and Islands United Way includes encouraging and facilitating volunteerism through Cape Cod Volunteers and supporting MASS-2-1-1, a free and confidential 24/7 information and support line. Donations may be made online at uwcapecod.org or by calling 508-775-4746. Visit capecodvolunteers.org to volunteer or to post a volunteer opportunity.