Center for Nonprofits hosts 3rd annual eNgAgE at the Market on November 13
Whether you call it giving back, paying it forward, or making a difference, volunteering has been trending big across America for the past several years. That’s nothing new for a civic-minded city like Chattanooga located in the Volunteer State.
However, finding a good volunteer fit isn’t always easy. So United Way’s Center for Nonprofits is hosting its third annual eNgAgE at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, November 13 to help encourage the broad spirit of volunteerism in this community and give potential volunteers a way to learn more and plug in. This year’s event is presented by United Way’s Center for Nonprofits, United Way’s Volunteer Center, DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies), and the Chattanooga Market.
United Way’s Center for Nonprofits and its Volunteer Center have connected the nonprofit community to the volunteers they need at this free networking event for the past two years. But this year, eNgAge is getting a “makeover” and moving to a new venue: the Chattanooga Market. Since the Market draws approximately 4,000 people down to the First Tennessee Pavilion on Sundays, the CNP decided to take advantage of this sizeable potential volunteer market by giving its members an opportunity to interact with the Market community and to attract volunteers to their causes.
“Many of our nonprofit members have voiced their desire to find new ways to reach potential volunteers, and on the flip side, members of the community at large have asked how they can better connect to volunteer opportunities; having this event at the Sunday Market meets the needs of both, and is a win-win!” said Sheila Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofits.
In the past, eNgAgE has focused primarily on attracting board members and other professional volunteers. But this year, eNgAgE 2011 will focus on a broader volunteer audience. So this Sunday, November 13, 20 of the CNP’s member nonprofits will educate and engage the community with information about their missions and volunteer opportunities.
Visitors to the Chattanooga Market can learn more about hands-on volunteer opportunities at Signal Centers, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, the Samaritan Center, Hospice of Chattanooga, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities-Interfaith Senior Services, Harrison Bay State Park, Men's Ministry Network, Chattanooga Zoo, TN River Gorge Trust, Public Education Foundation, MCR Foundation, CHOICES Pregnancy Resource Center, Siskin Children's Institute, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity-Chattanooga, Chattanooga Cares, Mary Ellen Locher Foundation, the Pet Placement Center, and United Way’s Volunteer Center (a HandsOn center).
For more information about this event or volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga, visit the Center for Nonprofits website at www.cnpchatt.org, the Volunteer Center website at www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org/volunteer, or call the Center for Nonprofits at 423-752-0329.
United Way’s Center for Nonprofits’ mission is to assist nonprofit organizations in achieving their missions more efficiently and effectively. The Center offers workshops, tailored training sessions, consultation services, planning facilitation, board development and a library dedicated to excellence in nonprofit management.