United Way of Greater Topeka launches website for volunteers, non-profits

For Immediate Release

Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.221.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592
E-mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

TOPEKA, KAN. (Aug. 27, 2013) – In an effort to increase the collaboration, connections and relationships among local non-profits and community members, United Way of Greater Topeka has launched Get Connected – an online volunteer and donor opportunity system. Get Connected is an easy-to-use web-based platform that matches volunteers, donors and advocates with opportunities that match their interests. Agencies post their needs on the Get Connected website at volunteer.unitedwaytopeka.org and community members can then find opportunities that best enable them to volunteer, or use their voice in ways that make a real difference.

“Some call it social media for non-profits,” said Ryan Gonzales, director of volunteer engagement for United Way of Greater Topeka. “Once a community members become involved with a non-profit, they often develop long-term relationships with the agency so both the agency and the volunteer benefit.”

Experience shows that people who volunteer for non-profits often become donors and advocates as well.

In addition to matching community members with agencies, Get Connected can help people find ways to donate unused materials and household items to agencies in need of donations.

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ABOUT UNITED WAY

United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.