United Way website to link volunteers, agencies

United Way of Northern Ozaukee has set up a website to help connect volunteers with opportunities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We wanted to create one place where you can go to see these are the opportunities and the agencies with the most needs,” United Way Executive Director Barbara Bates-Nelson said.

“I’m hoping people, if they have a need or have a desire to volunteer, will find it (the website volunteerozaukee.org).”

The website provides a list of services requiring volunteers, including short-term volunteers.

The need for volunteers is acute, Bates-Nelson said. In normal times, seniors are often the volunteers, but that’s a population that is especially vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus.

United Way is a logical agency to help coordinate the effort, she said, noting that when the Volunteer Center closed several years ago, United Way assumed many of its responsibilities.

There’s been a groundswell of support for people struggling in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Bates-Nelson said.

“United Way of Northern Ozaukee is committed to ensuring that our vulnerable citizens have the resources they need to weather both the short term and long term recovery,” she said, noting that a report showed that 27% of county residents are living paycheck-to-paycheck and have litter or no savings to address the crisis.

Among the agencies seeking help is the Meals on Wheels program, which is regularly staffed by senior citizens who aren’t able to safety deliver meals now, and shelters operated by Advocates of Ozaukee and Family Promise.

“Ozaukee County has proven time and again to be a philanthropic and caring community,” Bates-Nelson said.

But, she said, volunteers need to make sure they are healthy enough to give their time.

“It’s critically important that you consider your safety and that of others at this time,” Bates-Nelson said.

United Way is also collecting funds for its member agencies to help area residents and is anticipating the needs of people once the coronavirus pandemic has passed by collecting gift and gas cards and transportation vouchers for people to use as they return to work.




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