By Laura Swanson
Thirty-four Tillamook County nonprofits filled rooms 214 and 215 at Tillamook Bay Community College on Thursday Oct. 8 ready to tell their stories and all about the volunteer opportunities at each their worthy organizations to willing community members.
“Build it and they will come,” Deborah Mather, volunteer event coordinator said. “Over 60 community members attended.”
The overall response from participants and attendees was positive. “We’ve been talking about putting this together for years, and it’s great to see it finally happen,” Kathleen Marvin of Tillamook County Womens Resource Center said.
In addition to providing outreach and education about their particular organization, each nonprofit designated a spokesperson and a short video was recorded by Jane Scott to be shown on Channel 4, online at tctvonline.com, as well as a link will be available on the Tillamook Headlight-Herald site.
The video presentations will give potential volunteers a way to find out more about each of the nonprofits.
“We understood that not everyone could make it to the volunteer fair, so we wanted to have a way to reach out to as many people as possible,” said Mather.
The Volunteer Fair was a collaborative effort that involved several groups, including the Womens Resource Center volunteer coordinator Emily Fanjoy, Erin Skaar at CARE and Deborah Mather, a volunteer at the Tillamook Food Bank.
“We’ll also put the videos on a CD and make that available to employers with volunteer programs, so they can share it with their employees,” added Mather.
Many companies have community volunteer “give-back” days when they encourage their employees to volunteer at local nonprofits.
“We have a very small community that relies heavily on its nonprofits and we are always looking for more volunteers,” said Erin Skaar of CARE. “We have new people moving into our area all the time, many of them retired, and looking for volunteer opportunities. The videos and other outreach will help all of us match up with the right volunteers.”
Visit tillamookheadlightherald.com for a directory of the local nonprofits with mission statements and contact information, and click on the link to see video clips about each nonprofit.