BAVC Platform Helps Volunteers Find their Focus

* Photos courtesy of Bob Lee

Many volunteers focus their time and efforts on one nonprofit as their interests fit the nonprofit’s mission & goals or they have a a personal connection. The Barrington Area Volunteer Connection’s (BAVC) platform allows nonprofits to post multiple opportunities so that volunteers can see what is available and sign up for several at one time. Some of the nonprofits that have multiple volunteer opportunities listed on BAVC include:

Let It Be Us

Let It Be Us builds a bridge between waiting children, including those who are in emergent need and/or are challenging to place, and licensed foster and adoptive parents as well as those who want to become licensed. They currently have openings for not only foster parents, but other support positions that help with ensuring that the children in the program have emergency needs like diapers, blankets, etc.

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WINGS Program

Wings provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence. Volunteers are essential to helping Wings with the services they provide. Current openings include safe house hostess, resale shop volunteers, and survivor line mentors.

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Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds

Keeping an eye on the water around us, their work includes testing and monitoring stream water quality, providing education and hosting informational meetings on topics of interest to our members. Volunteers are needed to assist with technical advice specific to the water sheds, helping with publicity and other communications and also networking with other local groups.

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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

One of the biggest organizations in the area who use volunteers, AGSH has multiple volunteer opportunities ranging from direct inpatient & lobby volunteer help, to the Catchpenny resale shop, to providing gardening support at their Smart Farm initiative adjacent to the hospital.

Click here to learn more.

To see what other volunteer opportunities are available for your specific nonprofit or to find a new one to volunteer with, please visit: thebavc.org. You can also get more information at BAVC’s Instagram or Facebook pages.

About the Barrington Area Volunteer Connection

Barrington Giving Day is part of the Barrington Area Volunteer Connection (BAVC. Launched in January of 2021, the BAVC was developed via a partnership between Barrington Area Development Council and the Barrington Area Library. BAVC’s goal is to bring all 100+ Barrington area nonprofits, churches and service organizations in one searchable database so that volunteers can easily find opportunities. The foundation of BAVC is a volunteer match platform called Get Connected which serves as a clearinghouse to bring together organizations, volunteers, and collaborators to match volunteer interests with nonprofits needing assistance. GetConnected also offers organizations optional features such as easy record keeping of volunteer hours, as well as mobile check in and shift reminders and other ways to communicate with volunteers. Learn more at TheBAVC.org. * BAVC Photos by Bob Lee

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