In addition to showcasing volunteer opportunities and ways to donate goods, they celebrate the service community, and feature community resources and local impact statistics. In Centre County, we now have Volunteer Centre County to do just this.
Organizations interested in posting opportunities to the Volunteer Centre County website must first apply to become a Community Partner. Community Partners are limited to:
Charities located in Centre County, PA (that is, an entity having an IRC 501c3 designation and in good standing with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations, PA Department of State, and IRS)
Public schools located in Centre County, PA
Eligible local government entities in Centre County, PA
Once approved as a Community Partner, your organization will be able to post volunteer opportunities and requests for donated goods.
The benefits of being a Community Partner are multifold.
1) Volunteer Centre County offers a one-stop portal for posting Community Partners' needs for volunteers and goods, whereby residents of Centre County wanting to help local service organizations can easily find opportunities to give. Since Centre County has a fairly high turnover of residents, having a “one-stop” portal of service opportunities makes sense.
2) Another benefit is that Volunteer Centre County offers publicity via our social media posts and other outreach efforts.
3) Volunteer Centre County reaches out to individuals who may be interested in donating their time, talents, or goods, and invites them to search the site.
4) A fourth benefit is our blog, where we will share research-based knowledge about volunteerism and non-profit best management practices, as well as other helpful tidbits about volunteerism and giving.
5) Lastly, Community Partners receive our Constant Contact newsletter that contains information about connecting with volunteers, grant opportunities, and other helpful information.
In order to become a Community Partner, the organization’s representative(s) must agree NOT to use the VolunteerCentreCounty.org website for any of the following uses (doing so will result in the permanent loss of Community Partner status):
Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes
Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing
Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements
Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office
Attempting to influence legislation
Participating in or endorsing events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials
Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization
Providing a direct benefit to:
a. A business organized for profit.
b. A partisan political organization.
c. A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or a substantial amount of lobbying.
d. An organization conducting a voter registration drive or raising funds for voter registration drives
Once approved, Community Partners can post specific needs for volunteers’ service and/or needs for donated goods. Each need is a separate post and will be approved before going live. Community Partners have an unlimited number of posts, but all posts must be current and up to date.
There are three ways to make a request.
1) Login and select either a request for volunteers’ services time or a request for donated goods. Complete the online form.
2) Login and download either the pdf form for posting a need for volunteers’ services or the pdf form for posting a request for donated goods, complete the form, and scan it to email@example.com.
3) Call us at 814-308-5052 and we can take your information over the phone and post it.
1. For each of the Community Partner’s “Requests For Volunteers’ Services” posts, a website visitor can submit their interest by clicking a “call to action” button associated with that specific volunteer opportunity. Then, that individual’s submission generates an email that goes to VCC staff for review. If the request to volunteer looks legitimate (not spam), then the "request email" is forwarded to the Community Partner’s point person on file, and the Community Partner follows up with the interested individual.
Information provided by a site visitor when submitting a "call to action" will be shared only with that Community Partner that needs to know, and the point person for that Community Partner is responsible for reaching out to the prospective volunteer for more information and scheduling.
2. For each of the Community Partner’s “Requests For Donated Goods” posts, a website visitor can simply read about the Community Partner’s need for goods, and that individual carries out instructions as per the instructions stated on the Community Partner’s post for the specific request. VCC does not review needs for donations – they are read-only posts.
When a Community Partner makes a “Request For Donated Goods” post, they can request Amazon Wish List Links, share pick-up instructions, and also state their preferred drop-off instructions.
Volunteer Centre County’s web-portal works to prevent spam and bots from abusing the website by not posting email addresses on the website and by making sure that “calls to action” submissions are legitimate before forwarding them to the Community Partner’s Point Person.
Volunteer Centre County: Building connections to serve the needs of volunteers and nonprofits in Centre County.