For the Daily News
VolunteerStarkville.org was established earlier this year in May in hopes to connect the members of community with local non-profit agencies.
Over the past few months, the website’s coordinators have been busy building and learning how to better serve the community.
With the help the AmeriCorps VISTA program, a full-time dedicated volunteer, Elizabeth Du Bois, will be actively and closely working with non-profits in order to help them connect with volunteers.
Du Bois is a Mississippi State graduate whose love and enthusiasm to the Starkville community is contagious and uplifting.
In November 2010, Volunteer Starkville also received a $30K grant from the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service under the Volunteer Generation Fund.
This fund is part of a three-year program to build a strong volunteer center in the community. This year’s grant will help build the foundational structure for the center. It will support efforts that expand the capacity of Volunteer Starkville to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments.
“Volunteer Starkville is still young and growing”, said Nisreen Cain, Green Starkville president (parent organization).
“Therefore, the funding will focus on core needs such as purchasing volunteer management software that will help non-profits manage their volunteers, and allow volunteers to find opportunities they are interested in. The grant will also allow us to actively recruit volunteers and support and create volunteer events throughout the community.”
Volunteer Starkville will be located in the downtown area. The Greater Starkville Development Partnership has generously donated an office space to host Volunteer Starkville. Its leaders say the office is a great opportunity for the community members to stop by for more information on the organization and learn how they can sign up to volunteer.
“We are excited to assist in the growth and development of a strong volunteer network in Starkville. The Partnership’s mission is to build a strong community. Our businesses, government, education and community support groups all benefit from the efforts of the Partnership and of consistent and valued volunteerism. By developing a volunteer network we have developed the thread that ties together the foundation of individual involvement in Starkville. The Partnership is proud to do its small part in such a positive effort,” said Jon Maynard, GSDP president and CEO.
Volunteer Starkville is ready to connect Starkville organizations with the community members. “I am excited and ready to work with everyone in our community and help build a strong volunteer center in Starkville,” said Du Bois. “It is going to be an awesome and successful year ahead.”
For more information, contact Bois at (662) 546-0484 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org .