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Organizations across South Jersey are looking for volunteers to come out and lend a helping hand and one local nonprofit has been working to make the task of finding and matching volunteers with the right opportunity, even easier.
Most people go to the Rowan College at Gloucester County campus in hopes of pursuing a higher education, but hidden inside is an organization for people of all ages across region to use. The Volunteer Center of South Jersey, or VCSJ, has made it their mission to connect volunteers with quality opportunities.
The organization makes finding volunteer opportunities just a click away with a website where interested volunteers can find opportunities and connect with various non-profit groups any time they want. Users can narrow down their interests and then volunteer opportunities dealing with those interests pop up.
The VCSJ has over 1,500 volunteers registered at their website SJVolunteers.org.
“We’re a one-stop shop where they can come and they can see all the multiple different nonprofits throughout South Jersey,” said Michele Epifani, the executive director at VCSJ.
However, the center isn’t just a tool for the volunteer but for nonprofits all over South Jersey. Non-profits can gain membership with the organization and then have access to not only the volunteer database, but also receive help in volunteer management.
The center received a grant to start SJ Works, a program where unemployed people can use volunteerism as a pathway to finding employment. Volunteer work can serve as an opportunity to network with companies, learn and hone skills, and build resume experience.
The small staff at the VCSJ hopes to make the first step of volunteering an easy one by connecting non-profits with volunteers every single day.
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