Volunteer Delray 2014 event matches nonprofit opportunities with interested volunteers


More then 30 organizations expected at November 14 volunteer fair Did you know that the National Value of 1 hour of volunteer service equals $22.55? This value is typically used by nonprofits to demonstrate the valued rate of support they receive from local volunteers in their communities. Simply put an hour of volunteer service provides a nonprofit organization with $22.55 worth of FREE help. That’s A LOT of financial savings! Delray Beach’s non-profit organizations are looking for a few good men and women to help as volunteers and they’ll be making it easy to learn more about them during the third annual Volunteer Delray expo. Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 14 on the grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Volunteer Delray will feature more than 30 non-profit organizations, all seeking volunteers to serve in a variety of roles. Free and open to the public, Volunteer Delray is arranged in an expo format, making it easier for visitors to learn more about each of the participating organizations and find one – or several – that match their passion or personality. “With many organizations all in one place, Volunteer Delray is a perfect way for area residents to meet representatives of local non-profit organizations, learn about volunteer opportunity and discover potential board openings,” says Lynn Van Lenten of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, who is helping coordinate the event on behalf of the Chamber’s Non Profit Council. To make it easier for volunteers to find the right match, a printed list of participating organizations and their missions will be distributed at the event. Volunteer Delray is being held just prior to the Center for the Arts free Friday night concert, which will feature Odyssey Road, a Journey Tribute Band. Many of the 22 organizations that participated last year will be returning, including the GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach, which signed up several new members at the event. “Volunteer Delray was a good way for us to promote our organization and to let people know that we’re a non-profit organization,” says co-president Joann Haros. “We thought it was a great way to get exposure for our club, which is focused on volunteerism aimed at making Delray Beach a better place.” Haros said the volunteer fair is an easy way for visitors to not only learn about volunteer opportunities but also to learn about the wide variety of organizations that serve the community. “People can come and discover which organizations they might want to get involved with and support,” she said. Come and find out where YOU can serve alongside one of our nonprofit organizations both here in Delray Beach and around Palm Beach County. Your service hour equaling $22.55 will have an invaluable impact on the nonprofit of your choice – and our community! To learn more contact Lynn Van Lenten at the Chamber, (561) 278-0424 or lynn@delraybeach.com EVENT AT A GLANCE • Friday, November 14th, from 5 – 7pm • Followed by Free Friday Night Concert at 7:30pm • At Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square Pavilion • FREE to the public • 30 nonprofits represented • Volunteer opportunities and sign ups, Inquiries for Board of Director Openings • Raffle for free drinks during the concert for 1 person who signs up to volunteer with a nonprofit • The concerts typically bring in 1,000 – 3,000 attendees