LAFAYETTE, La. - Parish Proud announced that they are the sponsor of United Way of Acadiana’s Volunteer Center digital platform. The platform is volunteer management software which makes it easier and quicker for Lafayette’s volunteers to connect with service opportunities that improve the community, according to a release from Parish Proud.
The software aligns volunteers and service-based not-for-profits with needs and interests. It helps bridge the gap between people wanting to give back and those organizations in need of volunteers. It also helps streamline the registration process, event planning and communication options, making volunteerism accessible for the whole community, the release states.
"Both United Way and Parish Proud recognized a need and pathway forward to fill a major gap in our community’s volunteerism needs.” Parish Proud Executive Director, Katy Dupre, said, "As result-oriented organizations, this collaboration can transform what volunteerism looks like in Acadiana. We can use tech-for-good and leverage strong partnerships to help meet our goals."
"We are grateful to Parish Proud for its collaboration and sponsorship of the new phase of the Volunteer Center,” said United Way of Acadiana’s President/CEO Carlee Alm-LaBar. “This is just the next step in a partnership that recognizes the need for connection of volunteer to opportunities.”
According to VolunteerLouisiana.gov, more than 929,000 citizens of Louisiana participated in a volunteer event last year. Those numbers totaled 81.1 million hours of service across the state with a $1.8 million estimated economic value. Parish Proud hopes that with increased participation from Acadiana's volunteers, those numbers will grow even higher in the years to come.
The platform currently features volunteer asks for the weekly food drives hosted by United Way of Acadiana. Organizations can share specific needs and expectations with interested volunteers so everyone is aware of what is needed, when and where, and how to best prepare.
"Lafayette hasn't seen managed volunteer mobilization on this level before." Dupre said, "Parish Proud could not be more excited to see the work that sparks from this movement."
If you’d like to learn more about the Volunteer Center and ways that you can connect with Parish Proud visit the Parish Proud Volunteer Center page here.
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