August 1, 2014, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Leadership Development Institute, hasannounced that CONVERGE 2014 will be back for the fifth consecutive year. This region-wide volunteer recruitment event will takeplace on September 4th from 4-7 PM at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie. This year’s event will cap off a full day of community service including United Way of Delaware County’s Campaign Kickoff and “Day of Caring” activities.
Similar to a “job fair for volunteers”, CONVERGE 2014 will bring willing and talentedvolunteers throughout East Central Indiana face-to-face with the region’s nonprofit organizations thatwant and need their help the most. Nearly fifty organizations will be on hand to share information about their open volunteer positions. Individuals are invited to visit and network with each organization to find volunteer opportunities they are interested in including board member roles, committee service, and general program volunteering.
Individuals can attend CONVERGE 2014 free of charge, yet advanced registration at www.convergeeci.com is appreciated. Through advanced registration, individuals can view a list of participating organizations and the specific volunteer opportunities they will have available at CONVERGE 2014. Individuals who register can also complete a free assessment which will allow them to better understand their individual interests and skills. Much like a job board, www.convergeeci.com allows potential volunteers to match their skills and areas of interest to current volunteer openings or return to see new opportunities year round.
“In the first four years, more than 200 volunteer connections have been made through the CONVERGE event. Our goals this year are to have 50 organizations in attendance, 250-300 individual volunteer candidates, and at least 80 new volunteer commitments”, said Shafer Leadership Academy Executive Director, Richard Crist.
Nonprofit organizations can reserve a booth space at CONVERGE 2014 for just $50 and they can post volunteer openings on the CONVERGE website year round free of charge. Organizations scheduled to be at CONVERGE 2014 so far include: Big Brothers Big Sisters , Boys & Girls Club, Cancer Services of ECI, Christian Ministries of Delaware County, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity, Hillcroft Services, IU Health- BMH Volunteer Resources, Muncie AARP Tax Aide, Muncie Civic Theater, Open Door Health Services, Project Leadership, Purdue Extension (Del. Co. 4H), Purdue Extension (Del. Co. Homemakers), Rebuilding Together Delaware County, Red Tail Land Conservancy, Ross Community Center, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way, TRC Head Start, and YMCA of Muncie.
To learn more about CONVERGE 2014, visit www.convergeeci.com or call 765-748-0403. CONVERGE 2014 is presented by Shafer Leadership Academy with title sponsor support from Muncie Power Products.