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Volunteer with Project Connect
June 10, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Volunteer with Project Connect Volunteer Opportunity for Students, Faculty and Staff: Project Connect (United Way) on Friday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Rebecca Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Center for Civic Engagement.
CULTIVATING VOLUNTEERISM & COMMUNITY
The goal for the event, and its high level of volunteer involvement, is to eliminate some of the barriers people experience as they seek to access the very services that might help them start the return journey to stable lives.
The Project Connect model is unique because participants are paired 1-on-1 with volunteers who guide them to areas to receive services. Each client is paired with an individual, so clients receive one-on-one attention. Being a Guide is an amazing opportunity to get to know someone in need and make a difference in someone’s life.
The experience is transformative for volunteers as well: they see firsthand how hard it can be to live in poverty, and many are so moved by their experience that they later go on to become engaged in other ways to give back to the community.
The event helps to open their eyes to the reality of need in the community and causes them to rethink many of the stereotypes and misconceptions about poverty and homelessness.
The event is also an opportunity for service learning, and college and university students.
Volunteer Jobs and Shift Times
Click here to register as a volunteer! Select North Project Connect (June 10), then select your preferred shift(s)
Guides: Be part of an important group of volunteers that supports clients from entrance to exit. You do not have to have any experience in social service, just a desire to help those in need. Guides escort clients to the areas where they can get food, services, and appointments. You will meet and welcome your client at Intake, then take them through a structured set of questions to find the services most important to them.
Clean-up and Set-up Crew: Clean up volunteers will help us break down the event including packing and moving tables, chairs, and supplies.
Because of the one-on-one nature of the event, it is important for you to have an understanding of your role and the services offered so that you can help participants as much as possible. Training for guides will be done through webinars in advance of the event. Training for all other roles are done on-site.
*Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled shift
*Volunteers are asked to be flexible as roles may need to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of participants
*Volunteers must be 18 years old to participate
What is Project Connect?
Project Connect is a project of United Way NSV that strengthens and utilizes collaborations with agencies, businesses, organizations, and the community to provide comprehensive services through an in-person resource fair event for those who are at risk of becoming homeless, are currently experiencing homelessness, or are living on the cusp of making it or not.
Since we launched this event three years ago, we have partnered with city leaders, community-based organizations, and volunteers from across the Shenandoah Valley to bring essential and otherwise hard to access services to people living in our community. These collaborations are at the heart of what we do. More than 200 volunteers make this program possible. Homelessness and our struggling ALICE population is a community issue, and as such requires a community solution.
As we stride forward, United Way NSV envisions a day when all of our neighbors are cared for, housed and are not deterred from success by access to help. To this end, our core purposes are to provide connections and care that lead toward an end of struggling for our neighbors and to build a more compassionate Shenandoah Valley.