Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) has established a volunteer management web portal and invites the community to connect. The system makes it simple for local organizations to post, and for local volunteers to identify, volunteer opportunities in a single location: volunteerlosalamos.org.
“We have so many talented people who are willing to pitch in if called,” said LACF Executive Director Steve Laurent. “We really hope this resource will be a vehicle for harnessing some of that talent and funneling it to organizations that do good work in the community.”
How the site works:
Step 1: Individual users create a profile that includes their skills and causes they care about.
Step 2: Local organizations post volunteer opportunities, providing details about the need or event.
Step 3: As opportunities are posted, the system matches the opportunity to user profiles that are a good fit. Suggested opportunities are listed on each user’s profile page, allowing them to sign-up with the click of a button. Users can also receive email notices of opportunities that match their interests.
Registered users can also search for volunteer opportunities by date, interest, organization or location, and can even ‘fan’ organizations to receive all of their postings.
Laurent explained that the portal is not limited to Los Alamos residents. “Many local employees live off the Hill and many Los Alamos residents volunteer off the Hill,” he said. “Organizations serving Rio Arriba County are invited to join, and volunteer users can literally be from anywhere. We welcome anyone who wants to volunteer for a local organization regardless of where they’re from.”
The ultimate goal, according to Laurent, is to have all local volunteer opportunities posted through this site, providing a one-stop shop. “This should make it easier to volunteer because you’ll only have to go to a single website. At the same time, local organizations gain more exposure and accessibility to volunteers by having all opportunities posted in the same place.”
To join, go to volunteerlosalamos.org, click the “Information and FAQ” bar, and follow the link for volunteers. Registration takes just a few minutes.
If you are a nonprofit organization wishing to join, go to volunteerlosalamos.org, click the “Information and FAQ” bar, and follow the link for organizations. You can also contact LACF at firstname.lastname@example.org.