Web site connects volunteers and service groups

A new Web site helps to connect volunteers with local agencies and nonprofit groups in Mesa County.

A collaborative effort of United Way of Mesa County and Western Colorado 2-1-1, the Get Connected Web site matches volunteers with opportunities that align with their interests and schedules.

Volunteers can sign up to receive e-mail notifications from their favorite organizations. Participating groups can promote their needs.

“We always have people asking us how they can get involved, and that brings up a lot of questions. What are you interested in? What are your available hours? It’s just never been simple,” said Julie Hinkson, executive director of United Way of Mesa County. “With Get Connected, we’re excited to give them a place that will do that automatically.”

Christie Higgins, director of Western Colorado 2-1-1, said it’s a “natural fit” to offer the Get Connected Web site with the 2-1-1 Web site. Western Colorado 2-1-1 offers assistance in learning about and accessing various health and human services.

“2-1-1 is the place to go to find community resources, and now there is the added dimension of volunteer opportunities as well. Not only does Get Connected link the community to volunteer opportunities, but it also assists agencies and organizations that may not be able to hire a full- time person to manage volunteer recruitment,” Higgins said.

Agencies and groups can create profiles that allow them to tell their stories and reach community members interests in the services they provide. Agencies and groups also can list events, including fund-raisers.

More than 30 organizations already have posted information on the Get Connected Web site, including: the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department, Gray Gourmet and HopeWest.

For more information, log on to www.getconnected.wc211.org/