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Volunteer network a great step forward

July 8, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Now people in Emmet County who want to volunteer - or who need one - can find all their needs in a one-stop shop.

The Website now matches volunteers and the people who want to put them to work.

This is a great idea for a number of reasons.

First of all, it helps eliminate duplication of resources. If there's a central clearing house for volunteerism, it will make people think twice about creating competing causes. For example, there is only one Emmet County Relay For Life (thank God, volunteers might be telling themselves right now). Having the Relay on the Website will actually give people a place to go to help coordinate their volunteer efforts.

It also helps organizations in the formative stage and who are planning on using volunteers refine their purpose. For example, if there's already a volunteer-staffed arts organization offering after-school programs for kids, another group of people considering forming a similar organization might take pause and "throw in their chips" with that existing organization. That way, instead of having two groups competing to achieve the same purpose, there's just one group working together - sort of everyone getting their horses hitched to the same wagon, so to speak.

It also provides oversight for organizations and volunteers. If the public is fully aware of the organizations seeking volunteers, you can pretty much bet they're valid and a safe place for volunteers to go.

The Emmet County Volunteer Center is something that's been needed for a while now. Emmet County has always been known for its volunteerism. Now people will have a central place where they can go.

So if you're a high-school student or someone else seeking volunteer opportunities, check it out.



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