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National Volunteer Week, Taxes and Websites

This is a very busy week for us. First of all, it is National Volunteer Week, and so we will be making every effort to recognize and thank not only our own volunteers, but all volunteers in our community.

Today we debut our new and improved United Way Vol. Ctr screen shot Volunteer Center website, www.cvillevolunteer.org. Check it  out. It makes searching for a volunteer opportunity very simple, and help narrow your search by organization, type of cause, age of volunteer, days of the week, skills and so on. For nonprofits, posting volunteer needs is easier than ever, and they can get emails about volunteers interested in their opportunities.

 Tomorrow, April 12, is the United Way Student Service Awards ceremony. Local teens from area public and private high schools will be recognized for their outstanding community service. If sad and depressing local and national news has got you down, we encourage you to come to the Sanctuary at The Haven at First and Market Streets in downtown Charlottesville tomorrow at 5:30. You will be encouraged and inspired by these youth, and will leave feeling very positive about the potential of this generation.

Tomorrow is also the deadline for nominations for our United Way Awards of Excellence, recognizing outstanding nonprofit boards of directors and staff members.

Amy Eastlack of SuzySaid is coming to our office on Wednesday to train several us on the nuances of Constant Contact so that we can create email newsletters that are well designed and targeted. We have several new staff members who will benefit from hands-on learning with Amy, who uses the program on a daily basis. Thank you, Amy, for volunteering to help us.

Finally, it is the last week of tax season, so Pamela Frank, who coordinates the efforts of the Thomas Jefferson Area EITC Coalition, is busy orchestrating the efforts of all the volunteers manning our 10 free tax preparation sites and preparing for all those last-minute filers.

We may have to have extra chocolate on hand this week for our already hard-working staff!

 

Posted by Kim Connolly

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