VolunteerBartlesville.com Matches Volunteers with Opportunities

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Site built by OKWU Faculty and Students

From left to right: OKWU Communication majors Brandi Ruff, Johnathan Warlick, Robert Brown, Megan Mueller, Rachel Ross, Mark Weaver, and Professor David Cochran.

VolunteerBartlesville.com is a great resource for the community of Bartlesville. It is easily accessible and a convenient way for the people of our community to find a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities at their fingertips.

VolunteerBartlesville.com has launched a new website devoted to matching volunteers with opportunities available in the Bartlesville community.

Originally developed in 2006, this new, immensely upgraded version of the site went live May 7 and is available now for use by area nonprofit organizations and prospective volunteers.

The site was designed and built by students and faculty of the Communication Arts program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, working in partnership with the Bartlesville Regional United Way and Bartlesville Community Foundation.

Prior to VolunteerBartlesville.com, an annual Volunteer Fair was held at ConocoPhillips that allowed volunteers to connect with non-profit organizations. The enhanced website allows this kind of connection to happen via the Internet, enabling more potential volunteers to learn about the needs that exist and easily join forces with organizations throughout Bartlesville.

VolunteerBartlesville.com offers two ways for users to find volunteer opportunities.
One method makes strategic matches. The site invites a volunteer to create a profile and indicate his or her special interests and skills. Then the site recommends matching needs, events, and nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers simply specify their interests, receive recommendations, and then choose the nonprofit(s) with whom they would like to connect.

The other method allows the user to browse a comprehensive listing of all area nonprofits, events, and needs.

By either method, the volunteer can "friend" the nonprofit of his or her choice, establishing a connection with that organization and requesting more information.

To make these connections possible, nonprofit organizations create their own nonprofit profiles, providing information about their organization and listing their volunteer needs and upcoming events.

In addition, the new site extends its reach through social media, including its own Facebook Page and Twitter feed, so that users may receive updates by their favorite means of interaction.

The Oklahoma Wesleyan University Communication Arts program has worked closely with the Bartlesville Regional United Way and Bartlesville Community Foundation to plan and launch the new site.

“This project is exciting,” said David Cochran, chair of the Oklahoma Wesleyan Communication Arts Program. “It is an outstanding opportunity for my students to put their skills to work while making a contribution to our community. It is a rare and special pleasure to have a part in this.”

To help publicize the launch of the new site, the partners formed a marketing committee, composed of Meredith LeMaster and Marice Wasemiller of Bartlesville Regional United Way, Julia Crouch of Bartlesville Community Foundation, Sara Pannell of 66 Federal Credit Union, Allyson Linehan of ConocoPhillips, Scott Townsend of United Linen, Karen Leinen of ConocoPhillips, Debbie Haskell, community volunteer, and Matt Pendergraff of PDG+Creative.

“VolunteerBartlesville.com is a great resource for the community of Bartlesville. It is easily accessible and a convenient way for the people of our community to find a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities at their fingertips. It allows the volunteer to decide where they want to contribute,” said Crouch.

“I would like to thank David Cochran and these Oklahoma Wesleyan University students for creating this valuable site,” said Meredith LeMaster, United Way Executive Director.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a four-year, Christian university of the liberal
arts and sciences that is fully accredited by the North Central Association. OKWU also receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). It is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.

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