(Editor's Note: This is the second in a 3-part series recognizing honored "Volunteers of the Year" through the partner agencies of the United Way of Northern Chautau-qua County.)
The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and its partner agencies are jointly recognizing the dedication of local residents to make the community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Sally Olow is being recognized for her commitment to CBA Vision Rehabilita-tion Services through the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club. She volunteers in CBA's Preschool Vision Screening Program. She joined the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions in 2010 and participated in two of the North County screenings. Since then, Sally has helped at almost all of the screenings in the North as well as helping in South County and Cattaraugus County. We are grateful for her dedication to this vital service.
Carmen Quinones has been volunteering at the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry as a cooking workshop host since 2010.
For each class she offers, Carmen goes above and beyond demonstrating her love of this community. Her attention to detail has included a range of delicious meals, hand-made gifts for each participant to take home, homemade decorative tags for silverware, etc.
Her extra works helps convey to CCRM clients that they are valuable in our community and worth this effort.
Connie Wojcinski is a dedicated Girl Scouts of Western New York volunteer who takes action. She is always willing to serve and assist the girls and adult members to see that they have a great Girl Scout experience.
Connie has been an active troop leader for 18 years and has taken girls on numerous adventures not limited to Western New York.
She is well known and admired for the time and talent she spends planning and implementing camping and outdoor experiences for the girl scouts.
Her service unit includes four school districts; Cassadaga Valley, Brocton, Dunkirk, and Fredonia. As cookie cupboard manager for the past eight years, she has moved 2,500 packages through her cupboard.
The United Way of Northern Chautauqua has partnered with other local United Ways and The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. to make www.volunteerwny.org available to local residents and not-for-profits. While there are a dozen local organizations currently using the site to post volunteer opportunities, the goal is to add many more now that it is being launched in Chautauqua County.
VolunteerWNY works in partnership with hundreds of community-based organizations to provide volunteers with a variety of meaningful opportunities for service and leadership. Any 501 c3 organizations, schools, faith based organizations, and government agencies do not need to be an United Way Partner Agency to take advantage of the services offered by VolunteerWNY.
There are several benefits in partnering with VolunteerWNY. The quantity and diversity of opportunities listed in our database draws a large group of volunteers from the community. Volunteers have the ability to find projects by searching based on skills. interests, availability, and other project attributes.
VolunteerWNY enables organizations to promote different types of opportunities including ongoing and one-time needs, date-specific and open-ended opportunities, projects for individuals and groups, and projects that require specific skills.
Organizations have the opportunity to manage recruitment efforts for various projects in different ways, depending on the nature of the project.
Projects that require training, screening, and/or individual scheduling can allow volunteers to "indicate interest" online. For projects that are date- and time-specific and don't require prior training or screening, you have the option to allow volunteers to "sign up" online.
Any organization interested in learning how they can use www.volunteerwny.org to market volunteer opportunities should contact The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. at 418-8500 Ext. 150.