Join Living Fort Wayne’s Volunteer Day through NeighborLink
May13

Join Living Fort Wayne’s Volunteer Day through NeighborLink

As a recent graduate from the University of Saint Francis, where one of the Franciscan values is “serve one another, society and the Church,” I have spent a significant amount of time volunteering for wonderful organizations that do wonderful things for those in need. But when the opportunity to volunteer for NeighborLink came up in the past few weeks, I was confused. Not because the volunteer model behind NeighborLink is confusing, but because it was a model I had never heard of before. NeighborLink is an online platform that serves to fill the needs in the community that are often overlooked, which encompasses a large variety of needs and situations. This approach targets simple needs that can become too tasking for some that others take for granted, like yard work, cleaning, maintenance and other physically and mentally tasking projects, which can be challenging for people with disabilities, people with low income, elderly or those experiencing any other kinds of hardships or crises. NeighborLink strives to reinstate neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of love through connecting volunteers directly to those in need, and allowing the volunteers to take complete control of the project. NeighborLink believes that their “hands-off” approach to the organization of projects allows volunteers simplicity, allowing them to have a deeper and more tangible engagement with the experience. So, how does this work, exactly? It really is easy. You’ll visit NeighborLink’s website, where you can fill out an application. Once you’ve applied, one of the staff members at NeighborLink will contact you within 24 hours (it was definitely less than an hour for me.) They’ll talk to you about what you’re interested in doing and talk to you about the how NeighborLink works. They want to be involved only as much as you need them–once you’re in and they’ve approved your account, they’ll let you take the reins and control your experience. When you log into the website, you may be underwhelmed by the process–and trust me when I say this is a good thing. The interface is easy and user-friendly. In the left column, you’ll see a green button that says “View Projects.” Once you’ve clicked that, the process is as follows:  Here, you can choose whether you’d like to volunteer or fund a project. We’re going to volunteer!       Then, you can choose what kind of project you would like to complete. “Helping Hand” encompasses a lot of different situations, like someone needing help with organizing or simply getting from place to place. Property maintenance and renovation and repair can be anything from simply cleaning windows and raking leaves to replacing roofs and mowing lawns throughout the summer. When you select any...

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