Frontier Days and July 4th Celebration – Volunteers Needed!

Happy Summer Everyone! It’s that time again – volunteers are needed to help with the Frontier Days and July 4th Celebration out at Old Settler’s Park – Can you help? This is a great opportunity for youth and adults!

Here are the details:

Volunteers are needed from 7:30am-12:00pm for Vendor Check-in, from 7:30am-6:30pm for the Information booth, and 12:00pm-6:00pm for Garbage/Litter and Ice Duties. Volunteers will check in at the information booth located near the Lake Creek Pavillion. Water and T-shirts will be available for volunteers. Please dress for hot weather and wear a hat and sunscreen.

Volunteers are also needed for the Parade! Parade volunteers will need to attend a safety meeting July 3rd at 6:00pm at the Baca Center, and then report again at 7:30am on the 4th. If you are interested or need more information, please email us at volrock@volrock.org  For additional details on the celebration events, go to: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=631

We hope to see you there!

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Thank you Elizabeth!

The Volunteer Center would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Elizabeth Leyva for her outstanding service to our community. Elizabeth has been the Program Manager at the Volunteer Center for over 7 years and will be greatly missed! We wish her the best on her new journey and hope to honor all of the amazing work she’s done by our continued efforts to build strong and effective communities through the power of volunteerism!

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Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. Visit MLKDay.gov.

UWWC MLK Day of Service 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. Through his words and example, Dr. King challenged and empowered individuals to take personal action and lift up their neighbors and communities by volunteering. Thank you for doing your part and joining your neighbors and friends for the United Way of Williamson County MLK Day of Service!

MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012
9am until noon
7 projects in 4 cities; over 200 volunteers needed

 

MLK Day of Service Projects

v Berry Springs Park and Preserve (Georgetown)
Development of nature trail and beautification of existing multi-purpose trail. 30 volunteers needed.

 v Annunciation Maternity Home (Georgetown)
Warehouse and Merit Room organization. 10 volunteers needed.

 v Damascus Road Christian Church (Cedar Park)
Kids Helping Kids winter coat distribution. 30 volunteers needed.

 v Southwest Williamson County Regional Park (Leander)
Nature trail beautification. 60 volunteers needed.

 v Brushy Creek MUD and Discover Green (Round Rock)
Creek restoration for native bird habitat. 50 volunteers needed.

 v Callison Elementary School (Round Rock)
Tile mural completion for school display. 10 volunteers needed.

 v Seton Williamson (Round Rock)
Seed ball creation for areas affected by wildfires and pillow sewing for Elderhaven. 15 volunteers needed.

For project details and volunteer registration

www.unitedway-wc.org

You may also contact The Volunteer Center at volrock@volrock.org or (512)733-7625.

Giving One Day to Help One Another

The United Way of Williamson County Fall Day of Caring is coming closer. Have you given thought to how you might participate?

Here are all the details you need to know about the UWWC Day of Caring and how to help out!

 Friday, September 23, 2011

8:15 a.m. – Kickoff event at Dell Diamond

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – 13 projects at 10 agencies in 4 cities in one county

 

 Day of Caring is your chance to make a lasting impact in our community. Be a part of this fun day of community service by volunteering to improve local schools and nonprofits in Williamson County.

When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether it’s sorting donations of clothes or food, painting, landscaping or helping beautify our community, there are volunteer options for many interest areas and a variety of ages!  It means giving time to help one another by providing helping hands to nonprofit agencies that need assistance.

 

How Can You Help? This partnership between United Way of Williamson County and

The Volunteer Center will bring together over 150 volunteers to help at 13 projects at sites in Georgetown, Leander, Taylor and Round Rock. Recruit a group of co-workers, friends or family members, or volunteer on your own.  Volunteers that join us at 8:15 a.m. at Dell Diamond for the Day of Caring Kickoff event will receive a Day of Caring t-shirt and small breakfast courtesy of CEVA Logistics and H-E-B.

 

Questions? Contact United Way of Williamson County at (512) 255-6799, info@unitedway-wc.org or The Volunteer Center at (512) 733-7625, volrock@volrock.org.

 Click Here for project details and to register!

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

M.Y. Little Tool Shack – Discover Green (Need tools for an environmental service project?)

M.Y. Little Tool Shack –Discover Green

In October 2008, Marie’s brother held the first Teen Green Party with a Purpose.  She was 4 and really wanted to participate.  At age 5 she got to participate in her first tree planting when her sister turned 11.  Saplings were just her size – but, the shovels & gloves were not.

Her siblings and the other eco-inspiration coaches could see she wanted to do more with equipment that was her size.  They made sure all future events could support the “saplings” – the siblings of the teen volunteers.

Thanks to REI, Discover Green will open a tool shack stocked specifically with equipment for the whole family.  Specializing in equipment for children, ages 4-9, including shovels, rakes, gloves, trash grabbers and weed wrenches.

This resource will make it easier for you to have your service projects family friendly.  To reserve tools visit www.discovergreenyel.org and fill out the tool request form and read/sign the agreement form.

 

Discover Green’s M.Y. Little Tool Shack is proud to offer the community access to quality tools without the expense, in an easy to check out system to facilitate community-driven beautification, improvement and maintenance projects around North Travis County and Williamson County.

Submitted by Kate Woodward-Young
Not My Monkey and Discover Green

Clothing Drive for Homeless Youth (Month of August)

For the entire month of August, Youth Opportunity to Unite will be collecting 
gently used clothing to benefit Round Rock ISD & Georgetown ISD homeless 
& in need students. We will also be accepting gently used backpacks. 
You can take your donations to The Volunteer Center and drop them in the 
barrel: 
(2nd floor of the RRASC 1099 E. Main St., Round Rock) 
Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm and 
Saturday between 9am and 12pm.   

Please help us provide clothing for the new school year to kids and teens 
that need our help! Thank you so much for your support!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Leyva at 
(512)733-7625 or volrock@volrock.org.


			

Corporate Volunteer Programs

The skinny on corporate volunteer programs
By guest contributor: Abby G.

Corporate volunteer programs are beneficial in many ways, not only to communities but to businesses and employees who volunteer. In addition to creating healthier communities and improving companies’ public image, corporate volunteer programs provide employees with opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills, apply old skills to new situations, and build teamwork.

When deciding what the aim of a new corporate volunteer program should be, three areas to examine are:

Company Focus: How can the goals or activities of the volunteer program be integrated with the mission or specialties of the company?

Employee Interests: What issues or problems in the community are important to employees?

Community Needs: what problems are being experienced by the community that the volunteer program could address?

These should also be considered when selecting projects for the volunteer program.

When possible, projects should be organized in conjunction with a nonprofit or Volunteer Center, since they can assist with various aspects of volunteering, including recruitment and orientation.

Before beginning a volunteer project, it is important to work out the details, including deadlines, logistics, material and skill resources, management and recognition methods, and specific tasks to be carried out.

The most common ways to structure the management of a corporate volunteer program are to appoint an employee to manage the program, either alone or as head of an employee decision-making committee, or alternately to outsource  components of management to consultants outside the company. Different management structures may be appropriate for different programs, but during the beginning stages it is recommended that an employee committee be used.

Additional resources for building a corporate volunteer program and the value of this effort can be found here:  http://www.volunteermatch.org/corporations/resources/research.jsp