OAK BLUFFS – Martha’s Vineyard Community Services recently announced the creation of the Care for Community program in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the island.
The Volunteer Coordination Program was put in place to support organizations that depend on volunteers for their day-to-day operations.
“In short, this is a matchmaking service to match qualified volunteers with organizations in need,” said Rebecca Pierce, development and communications specialist for MV Community Services.
MV Community Services partnered with Island Grown Initiative and the Vineyard Food Equity Network to create the program.
Pierce sees the program as a “source of unity” during this difficult time.
“This is a huge collaborative effort, and as the coronavirus evolves, this platform is likely to evolve as well,” she said.
Pierce said the program was developed as a way to keep the island going and to provide the necessary resources to those vulnerable to COVID-19.
While this may not be the one-size-fits-all solution to the pandemic, she explained, it is a way to ensure that those who need it receive help as and when it continues.
Feedback on the program has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to Pierce.
Non-profit organizations offering volunteer opportunities can join the program by visiting the MV Community Services website in click here.