One-stop source of volunteer ideas
by Michael Langley
Oct 17, 2013 | 2046 views | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four local community service organizers have created an online place where Tracy residents can find volunteer opportunities to match any interests they may have.

The group — Steve Abercrombie, Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructor; Rhodesia Ransom, executive director of Sow a Seed Community Foundation; Lori Souza, founder of Case for Kids; and Brian Pekari, founder of Tracy United to Make a Difference — launched a new Facebook page Monday, Oct. 14, to highlight every local project in need of volunteers.

“It’s not created to promote nonprofits,” Souza said, “It’s created to promote volunteer opportunities.”

The effort, on Facebook only for now, is named Community FUN Projects. Pekari said the name is designed to change the negative feelings sometimes associated with community service.

“A lot of people look at it as a negative: Community service sucks. People who are bad have to do community service,” Pekari said.

Ransom believes Community FUN Projects is the best way for people to choose how to become involved.

“They can be selective,” she said, “Instead of people being forced to do service as an obligation, they can choose something that they feel interested in.”

Abercrombie said organizing this one-stop shop for volunteer opportunities will cut down on overlapping volunteer needs.

“The best result,” the D.A.R.E. instructor said, “is the project gets completed in a timely manner and you can allow people to do what they enjoy.”

All four say they will be spreading the word about Community FUN Projects through their individual grassroots contacts. Souza, who is running the Facebook page, said they need volunteers to help spread the message through Twitter, Instagram and other social media.

Local residents can find volunteer opportunities, or contact the group, through Facebook at www.facebook.com/Communityfunprojects.

• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at 830-4231 or mlangley@tracypress.com.

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