The Municipality of Clarington has launched a new online portal to help connect local Clarington community groups with volunteers. The website, ClaringtonVolunteers.ca, will streamline the volunteer application and recruitment process for both volunteers and organizations and make it easier for residents to give back to their community.
“Council made a commitment in our Strategic Plan to actively promote volunteerism and match residents interested in helping the community with organizations needing help. This online portal simplifies that process. Ultimately, it’s a win-win situation, the entire community benefits by having an easy-to-use system,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.
ClaringtonVolunteers.ca has many features including a simple, mobile-friendly interface, the ability to search for volunteer opportunities based on interest or organization, and a way for residents to track how many hours they spend volunteering. Community partners can use this free portal to promote their needs, recruit volunteers, connect with users who have signed up to help, and track the impact volunteers have on their organization. It’s also a great resource for high school students looking to gain valuable volunteer experience and to accumulate the 40 hours of community involvement required to graduate.
To register for an organization account, community partners must:
- Be a non-profit, community-based organization or service provider AND
- Be a government based organization, program or committee OR
- Be a publicly-funded institution such as a library, museum, hospital, or school OR
- Be a direct service provider within the Municipality (i.e. BIA, Clarington Board of Trade, Older Adult Service Providers, etc.) OR
- Be an organization that serves the community (i.e. service clubs, social clubs, etc.) AND
- Organizations must be non-political, non-partisan and non-religious in nature.
Residents looking to volunteer can create an online profile in a few easy steps. The website will suggest volunteer opportunities based on interest and can also be searched by organization.
“At the heart of every community organization is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to making a difference in the community. But there is always a need for more assistance,” said Judy Hanson from Autism Home Base Durham. “The new portal is just the tool we need to find those helping hands,” Judy added.
Make a difference, and get involved today. Visit www.ClaringtonVolunteers.ca to get started.