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Fox Valley United Way and Aurora University Wackerlin Center to launch virtual volunteer center

Posted by on February 12, 2014

As we continue to connect more frequently through technology, Fox Valley United Way and Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action are teaming up to make volunteering more productive, fun and engaging through Volunteer Fox Valley (VFV). The easy-to-use, virtual volunteer center will allow community members, businesses and AU students to get connected to volunteer opportunities in their area.

You are invited to attend the media briefing and launch event at the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action on the Aurora University campus:

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, 430 S. Evanslawn Ave., Aurora, IL
Guest Speakers: Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick, President of Aurora University, and Tom Weisner, City of Aurora Mayor

To attend this event, please email Sara Meers, Director of Communications at Aurora University, at

“The Fox Valley United Way takes the collective power of a caring community and puts it to work to help those in need,” said Michael Meyer, CEO Fox Valley United Way. “Volunteer Fox Valley raises that power to a new level, matching volunteers with just the right opportunities to serve and giving social service agencies a platform for connecting with concerned citizens.”

“The Wackerlin Center’s commitment to learning through serving is at the heart of this collaboration with the Fox Valley United Way,” said Ted Parge, Executive Vice President of Aurora University. “Our participation in Volunteer Fox Valley is a wonderful way to advance our mission of offering students experiences in the areas of volunteerism, leadership and putting their faith into action.”

VFV is designed to streamline the process of volunteer recruitment by allowing nonprofit organizations to communicate their current opportunities using a common platform. The platform enables organizations to explain their programs and services, as well as list current volunteer, in-kind and advocacy needs as well as list upcoming events.

Several local organizations, including Mutual Ground, a nonprofit social service agency serving victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Aurora, Ill., have already signed up and look forward to being a part of the new platform.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the new volunteer initiative,” said Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Mutual Ground. “This is a great way to match volunteers to nonprofits who desperately need their help. Volunteer Fox Valley will allow Mutual Ground and other nonprofits in our area to extend our reach into the community to find dedicated volunteers who would like to support our individual missions.”

Potential volunteers also are invited to create individual profiles tailored to their schedules and interests. Volunteers are able to join groups, become fans of agencies that matter to them and track agencies’ needs and events. Individuals in search of volunteer opportunities may also use Volunteer Fox Valley to conduct detailed searches on open opportunities.

“As Mayor, people ask me all the time how they can be more involved and connected in Aurora,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “Volunteer Fox Valley helps bridge that connection by providing residents a one-stop-shop to learn how volunteering their time, talents and resources in our community can change lives.”

If you are an individual or community organization interested in additional information, visit


Fox Valley United Way

Founded in 1922, Fox Valley United Way provides support to more than 50 social service agencies serving residents in Aurora, Big Rock, Bristol, Hinckley, Little Rock, Millbrook, Montgomery, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Plattville, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.

Aurora University

Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating more than 4,900 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus in Aurora, Ill., AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wis., and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Ill. Learn more at

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