‘Get Connected’ provides great service

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 04:49 AM

It’s a way for volunteers to get in touch with different organizations to establish communication.

What a great resource.

Now, Rutherford County has just that kind of resource with the introduction of the “Get Connected” program available through the United Way of Rutherford County.

The web-based program allows volunteers to reach out to different organizations and vice-versa.

Volunteers can search a list of participating nonprofit agencies and, like Facebook, become a fan to be included in email notifications for volunteer needs and community events.

In this day where nonprofit organizations struggle to provide essential services to the community, we find this to be an innovative way of allowing groups and individuals to maintain constant contact.

On the other side, organizations can use the service to create profiles that promote their agencies and provide contact information along with opportunities for volunteers those organizations might have in the long- and short-term.

“If nonprofits see this opportunity to extend their outreach, everyone else in the community will follow suit,” Andy Gmitter, director of training and customer success at Galaxy Digital in Asheville, told The Daily Courier. “I encourage everyone to utilize ‘Get Connected’ to spread the word on how people can get involved. The sooner your agency’s content is up, the sooner the community will know about your agency and volunteering.”

Galaxy Digital worked in collaboration with the United Way of Rutherford County to provide the community service.

The fact remains that Rutherford County is full of people willing to give their time to help others. The issue, as explained by Faye Hassell, executive director of United Way of Rutherford County, is that people don’t know where to go and what the needs of an organization may be.

“This service will provide an opportunity to collectively sweep the county and will be something we can all benefit from,” Hassell said.

“Get Connected” is a match-making tool that can help those residents of the county looking for volunteer opportunities find the right fit for their skill set or need.

Additionally, it benefits students looking to volunteer find the right opportunity.

The bottom line is “Get Connected” is a great resource for Rutherford County and we encourage volunteers as well as organizations to utilize this new tool to its fullest potential.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.