TAVARES — Curious about what volunteer opportunities are available throughout Lake County? Citizens will have a chance to meet with other volunteers and volunteer organizations on Monday, Sept. 11, at a VolunteerLAKE open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1300 S. Duncan Drive (State Road 19), Building B, Tavares.
The open house will allow potential volunteers to learn more about the recently established Lake County Volunteer Center and what programs and services it offers.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners established Lake County’s Volunteer Program in August 1993 as an internal program coordinating volunteer services for County departments. In April 1998, the Commissioners expanded the program’s role to include new initiatives, which promoted volunteerism through most of the Lake County constitutional offices and the Lake County Emergency Operations Center.
The program’s role expanded once again in May 2002 to include the core competencies of a volunteer center, which include assisting the citizenry and a myriad of nonprofits, local clubs, churches, governmental organizations and businesses to mobilize volunteers and resources to deliver creative solutions to community challenges.
Last month, as part of the transformation into a volunteer center, the name was formally changed to VolunteerLAKE. A volunteer center is the key resource for volunteer involvement in a community. VolunteerLAKE provides a variety of functions, including bringing people and community needs together through a range of programs and services based upon community needs, demographic area, population size and other factors.
To learn more about the Lake County Volunteer Center, call Helena Osborne-Ponsi, VolunteerLAKE Coordinator, at (352) 742-6590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.