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Second Volunteer NKY Connect event to be held May 17 at Boone County Library in Burlington

Volunteer NKY is a movement to encourage social service volunteerism. 
The second Volunteer NKY Connect event for 2018 is a volunteer fair at Boone County Library on May 17 from 2-4 p.m. It will be held at the 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington.  Parking is easy and free. 

Join the event to engage local organizations seeking volunteers. 

Social services volunteerism is about adding capability to the hundreds of local organizations that support people who are struggling in life.  Poverty, hunger, recovery, abuse, illness and unemployment are but some of the many causes you can find as a volunteer.  It’s about “people helping people”.


This marks the fourth year of the Volunteer NKY movement.  A group of volunteer-passionate people from across Northern Kentucky came together in the Fall of 2015 to consider how to systemically influence social service volunteerism.  The team’s goal was to enhance the good work already done by individual local organizations.  The outcome was the development of a volunteer engagement vision and strategy.
Volunteer vision

Volunteer NKy’s vision is:
• We build a more vibrant and engaged NKY by easily connecting people of all ages and all walks of life with opportunities to serve.
• We are all in it together, everyone makes the world a better place in their own unique way.
• People volunteer to their purpose, passion, and potential.

An extensive toolbox is available for volunteers and volunteer leaders. For volunteers, a “development playbook” and a process to link skilled volunteers with organizational needs has been developed. 

The organization’s Facebook page keeps people up-to-date with local opportunities and shares stories of volunteerism in action.  For professionals, a volunteer vision workshop and best practices tool have been developed.
Volunteer fairs bring together about 20 local organizations that need volunteers with the community. Individuals can browse the tables and learn about the many service possibilities.  One additional volunteer fair is planned in 2018. See this web page for more information.
Volunteer NKY is sponsored by the Life Solutions Network, a volunteer-driven network for volunteers and social service professionals who choose to serve our community by building the capability of people in need.  It was founded by Tony Aloise, a retiree who has a passion to encourage life skills-based volunteerism. 

Many local organizations are contributing to the Volunteer NKY planning including Brighton Center, Welcome House, Mentoring Plus, Life Learning Center and Women’s Crisis Center.

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