Local nonprofit seeks to coordinate volunteerism

The Greenwich-based nonprofit Volunteers On Call (VOC) is hoping to inspire volunteerism townwide with the launch of three new programs.

VOC’s mission is to raise public awareness of the value of volunteerism and to provide opportunities for domestic and international volunteering. The nonprofit was established in 2004 by Greenwich resident Roxana Bowgen and is now under the helm of Executive Director Juliana Collamer. Past projects have ranged from local initiatives such as rebuilding homes for elderly residents to service trips abroad to work with orphans in Rwanda.

Ms. Collamer is spearheading the launch of three unique VOC programs: Greenwich Gives, Volunteer Match, and the Youth Service in Action Fellowship.

Greenwich Gives is an initiative to create new service opportunities for local residents. Volunteer Match seeks to pair volunteers with a fitting non-profit agency and vice versa. The Youth Service in Action Fellowship is an exclusive program for Fairfield County students who are looking for support and resources to take their involvement in service to the next level.

As executive director, Ms. Collamer said she hopes to continue existing service partnerships and create new philanthropic relationships. Recent VOC projects have included a suit drive to benefit homeless people in New York City looking to interview and a Sandy Hook tribute to emergency services with students at the International School at Dundee in Riverside.

“VOC is actively looking for innovative ways to engage communities from local businesses to civic groups in fulfilling initiatives,” Ms. Collamer said, in a press release. “Everyone, no matter their age, can and should be involved with service. I encourage individuals and organizations to reach out to Volunteers On Call and get started today.”

For more information, visit Volunteersoncall.org.

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