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Northeast Times | September 27, 2021

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New website feature makes holiday volunteering simple

New website feature makes holiday volunteering simple

The holiday season offers a chance for people from many different backgrounds and faith traditions to give back to the community. It’s a time for people to reflect on the good things in their lives and share with others. The question for those who would help is often not whether to volunteer, but where?

More than 8,000 people have created accounts on VOLY.org, a volunteering platform powered by the Volunteer Center of North Texas. Users can search by cause, location, date or by the name of the agency they wish to serve. Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are available on VOLY.org every day.

“We know that volunteerism is an essential part of the amazing work that nonprofits do,” said Tammy Richards, CEO of the Volunteer Center of North Texas. “But during the holidays, people have more flexibility in their schedules, with children out of school and folks taking vacation time. We think this is the perfect time to find or rediscover the joy of serving causes we all believe in.”

A new cause was created on VOLY.org to better serve the community and its needs this season. For holiday-centric volunteer opportunities (that are also family friendly), search by the cause “Holiday.”

The Volunteer Center of North Texas helps to connect more than 25,000 volunteers every year with more than 2,500 local nonprofits. The available opportunities range from food banks and homeless services to animal shelters and arts providers and everything in between.

“Voly.org is revolutionary way for people to connect with nonprofits that make a difference in the community every day,” Richards said. “It’s really easy and effective way for people to discover how they can help.”