Interested in Volunteering? New website tool will help volunteers connect with Chelsea nonprofit organizations

Chelsea is a vibrant community with a wide variety of nonprofits, organizations and groups. Whether you’re looking for ways to connect with friends and neighbors, to share your knowledge or skills, or help your local community, there are many volunteer opportunities in our community. This spring, a new web tool for connecting nonprofit organizations and interested volunteers will be launched on the chelseamich.com community website.

The brand new Volunteer Chelsea portal will help facilitate connecting potential volunteers with nonprofits in the community who have opportunities available. Local residents will be able to search for volunteer opportunities by type, such as health and wellness, outdoor recreation, social services or the arts. Non-profits organizations in Chelsea will be able to list available opportunities for volunteers to engage with their organization.

The Volunteer Chelsea portal is funded by a grant from the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation through the 5-Healthy Towns initiative to help people “connect with others in healthy ways”. The Volunteer Chelsea portal is being developed as part of the chelseamich.com website, which is the official website for the Chelsea, Michigan community and is a joint project by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the DDA and the City of Chelsea. The Volunteer Chelsea portal is being led by a subcommittee of volunteers including Trinh Pifer (Director of the Chelsea Senior Center), Linda Ballard (Assistant Director at the Chelsea Library), Leslie Surel (Director at chelseamich.com) and Mike Erwin, who is a long-time Chelsea volunteer who first brought the idea of this project to the members of the Chelsea Wellness Committee.

Several training workshops are scheduled at the Chelsea District Library to help nonprofit organizations or service groups use the portal on March 26 (7-8 p.m.) or March 27 (9-10 a.m.).  Please contact Linda Ballard at the library to register for either of these sessions.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Volunteer Chelsea portal on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Washington Street Education Center during the Chelsea Spring Expo event.  You’ll get a chance to preview the portal, and enjoy refreshments. Join community leaders and residents invested in supporting their community!

For more information, please contact the following committee members:

Trinh Pifer (Chelsea Senior Center): 734-475-9242 or tpifer@chelseaseniors.org
Linda Ballard (Chelsea District Library): 734-475-8732 or lballard@ChelseaDistrictLibrary.org
Leslie Surel (ChelseaMich.com): leslie@chelseamich.com

Dates to note:

March 26 from 7-8pm: Workshop for non profit administrators or volunteers, where they will learn about the Volunteer Portal and have hands on training for adding volunteer opportunity listings.  Led by Leslie Surel, held at Library.

March 27 from 9-10am: workshop (same as above)

April 13 at 1pm – Volunteer Chelsea ribbon cutting at Chelsea Expo

 

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