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VolunteerLAKE connects County volunteers and nonprofit organizations through 1-800-Volunteer.org network

RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2008

TAVARES — VolunterLAKE, the Lake County Department of Community Services' program for coordinating volunteer services, is joining more than 300 communities in the 1-800-Volunteer.org network to assist in connecting Lake County volunteers, companies and nonprofit organizations with each other through www.1-800-volunteer.org/1800Vol/VolunteerLAKE.

“Thanks to our first sponsor, the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations, we have a comprehensive national system to link all of the players in the volunteer community,” said Helena Osborne-Ponsi, Director of VolunteerLAKE.

The service is available in English and Spanish and is free for local organizations and volunteers. It provides essential tools for busy volunteers with features that include local community event calendars, tools to support episodic volunteering and features that allow VolunteerLAKE to quickly mobilize volunteers during disaster situations.

VolunteerLAKE's use of 1-800-Volunteer.org will provide non-profit organizations in the Lake County area with not only a way to recruit volunteers, but will also provide management, recognition and impact reporting tools, which enables local organizations to report on their impact in the community. In conjunction with the automatic reminders, VolunteerAlerts, that deliver automated e-mails with updated opportunities that match volunteer’s interests and availability, the online service allows participants to set their own calendar and provides the essential tools for busy volunteers.

The 1-800-Volunteer.org network is the only online community-based volunteer management tool that combines recruiting tools with event management, flexible reporting, emergency response and volunteer recognition features. Designed by and built especially for Volunteer Centers by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, the 1-800-Volunteer.org system allows volunteers to search and find opportunities 24 hours a day.

For more information, call VolunteerLAKE at (352) 742-6590.


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