The following is a guest post from Patrice Beverly, VM’s Outreach Manager.
On a recent trip out to Washington County I had the opportunity to meet Bernadette Wagner with Volunteer Washington County. With a user friendly web site, and office space at the American Red Cross Offices in Hagerstown, it is getting easier to not only find volunteers, but for volunteers to find meaningful service.
Realizing that there was a need, Bernadette, and co-founder Roxanne Ober, got to work getting community and business leaders on board to go from idea to reality. Getting started is hard. We can pretty much all attest to that; think about the simplest act of getting out of bed in the morning when the covers feel so comfy, to the seeming insurmountable feat of making your community a better place. That is what Bernadette and Roxanne have started: a way for great need and great people to come together and make Washington County a better place to live, work, and play.
But they need our help. Great ideas need community input to grow, so if you live in and around Washington County go to their web site and use their services. It’s free! That’s right, they offer you the opportunity to change the world and it will not cost you a cent. Tell your neighbors, friends, family about this great resource, and if you are a nonprofit in Washington County, post your volunteer opportunities on their web site. Tell the story of how your organization found volunteers through Volunteer Washington County and the impact they are making. This is really a no-brainer. Our communities are facing difficult challenges, and with a few clicks, one person can begin to make a difference. Thank you Bernadette and Roxanne and let’s get going, Washington County!