VolunteerOPRF sets its sights on the local volunteer community

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By Community Editor

COURTESY OF MELANIE WEISS

There is a new way for volunteers to find ways to do good in Oak Park and River Forest. A Facebook page calledVolunteerOPRF allows Oak Park and River Forest community members to engage and connect with local volunteer opportunities. Four members of the current Community Leadership Program (CLP), which is a joint program between the OPRF Community Foundation and Dominican University, recently launched this effort to enhance communication within the local volunteer community. 

Members of our local communities are encouraged to visit and LIKE this page at www.facebook.com/volunteeroprf. Nonprofits and other organizations in the local communities are encouraged to email volunteer opportunities as often as they open up to volunteeroprf@gmail.com and they will be added to VolunteerOPRF's Facebook Page. (Please include contact information & any specific details and information.) 

"If you have a volunteering spirit and are looking for a place to contribute, start with VolunteerOPRF. It's easy to use even for those without a personal Facebook account," noted Sharon Grimm, Staff Learning Coordinator at Oak Park Public Library. 
 
Since The Volunteer Center closed in Oak Park more than five years ago there has not been an organized public way for local residents to connect with opportunities to be involved as volunteers. CLP members Judy Deogracias, Melanie Weiss, Jackie Werner, and Anna Wilson decided to address this need to connect volunteers in the community and realized that a social media site would be the perfect avenue to build connections. Contact volunteeroprf@gmail.comto get involved or with any questions or comments.

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