Bringing charities and volunteers together is the focus of a new website launched in the Cayman Islands. Volunteer Me is a social network-based technology which allows residents, visitors and nonprofit organisations to personalise their relationship by selecting their own interests.
The launch took place at the new National Gallery in Grand Cayman and a packed audience of interested parties heard about the functionality and intent of the tool from Taura Ebanks.
She told the around 60 attendees that it was a centralised website which connected volunteers with charities and community organisations. It is free and includes a community calendar, directory of charitable and community associations, an information-protected registry of volunteers, volunteers in the spotlight, information and articles about volunteering plus discussion boards and groups.
Corporate community involvement highlights will also feature and because the site will have no advertisements, sponsor support would be needed.
“Volunteering is not about doing the most obvious thing,” Ms Ebanks said. “You can do it in your own life as well; spending time with family is an example.”
She said the new site will be accessible by visitors who may wish to contribute to the Cayman Islands during their stay. There are more than 200 charities or nonprofit organisations and therefore a resource which explained what these organisations do and who they serve was important.
On registering, volunteers could register interests in various sectors or specific events as they decide and then the organisations could contact them through special events and groups accordingly. An important part of the site is also the community calendar which shows that there are a multitude of events and opportunities in the Cayman Islands, of which people may not necessarily be aware, Ms Ebanks said.
Natalie Urquhart, director of the National Gallery, said that the new site was “very exciting”.
“We will definitely get involved, encourage all to sign up and get registered to make the most of it.
“Volunteer me will bring people together in one great initiative,” she said.
The website can be found at http://www.volunteerme.ky/