UWRI takes over state online volunteer site

UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND has taken over management of the state's volunteer sign up website. / COURTESY UWRI
UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND has taken over management of the state's volunteer sign-up website. / COURTESY UWRI

PROVIDENCE – United Way of Rhode Island has assumed management of operations for the state’s online volunteer website, the nonprofit announced Monday.

The site was previously managed by Serve Rhode Island, the organization that administers Rhode Island’s annual AmeriCorps state grant process.

The website is an online volunteer center where participating nonprofits post and manage volunteer needs and responses.

According to the United Way, Serve Rhode Island approached UWRI last fall to “consider taking on the online volunteer center.” UWRI accepted and began managing the site at the start of the calendar year.

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“Engaging volunteers in projects that serve the community is already a significant focus for us, so this move was a logical extension of our work,” said Anthony Maione, UWRI president and CEO, in a statement. “We are pleased to take on this responsibility and help foster the connections that not only support the needs of our fellow nonprofits, but also have the power to change lives and strengthen our communities.”

Each year, UWRI manages more than 60 volunteer projects and in doing so engages more than 1,300 corporate, community and family volunteers.

“The move ensures the continuation of a resource that has served both volunteers and the nonprofit community for more than a decade,”  the organization said in a statement.

Visitors to the site can now browse several hundred volunteer opportunities by role, event or organization. Via personal accounts, they can also set up alerts for further information about new postings.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.