Gwinnett County GA Govt Volunteer Opportunites
All of Gwinnett, GA 30043
Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash announced the official launch of the countywide volunteer program, Volunteer Gwinnett, during the annual State of the County address and called on residents, businesses, and organizations to get involved.
The Volunteer Gwinnett program offers an easy way for interested residents and businesses to read about countywide volunteer opportunities, sign up online, track service hours, and submit project requests. The program also includes a standardized training and registration process along with events to recognize volunteers for their service. In addition, each County department, agency, and office has designated staff to manage their volunteer opportunities and volunteers, and Volunteer Gwinnett volunteers will have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand how local government impacts the community.
While some departments already have active volunteer programs in place, the comprehensive Volunteer Gwinnett program was developed in response to an Engage Gwinnett committee recommendation to engage residents in volunteer activities to support government operations and potentially save money. “This program gives every resident an opportunity to give back to our community in a meaningful way, gain valuable experience, and help us keep expenses down,” said Chairman Nash.
Many County departments already use volunteers to assist with events and daily activities, but this is the County’s first centralized volunteer program. “Last year, volunteers donated 471,000 valuable hours, and with the launch of the Volunteer Gwinnett program, we hope it will be easier for more residents to get involved and find ways to use their talents,”said Kay Sibetta, Volunteer Gwinnett Coordinator.
The goal is to reach one million volunteer hours per year by 2015. Almost got there in 2012!
You can volunteer a few hours a day or a week, participate in a one-time event, and/or serve on a long-term basis. There are many volunteer opportunities to fit your skill set and schedule.
For more information and access to Gwinnett’s volunteer network, visit www.volunteergwinnett.net.