Strengthen our community by creating meaningful volunteer connections. We connect people, promote volunteerism, support nonprofits, and build partnerships.
For over 50 years, The Volunteer Center has served the Guilford County community by connecting people to their passion through volunteering. This gives nonprofits throughout the community the strength to pursue theirs.
The Volunteer Center stands strong as a vital link between the community and local nonprofit organizations, both large and small.
Specifically in times of crisis, like the current pandemic, The Volunteer Center works around the clock to support all nonprofits in the triad and their missions. We help coordinate the volunteers needed to reach vulnerable populations with food, construction, medication drop off, and more.
The Human Race is the nonprofit community’s 5k. Since 1994, The Volunteer Center has managed the race, and helped raise over 4.8 million dollars for hundreds of local nonprofits.
The logic behind The Human Race:
Fundraising events are expensive to produce. Upfront costs like venues, food, and rentals add up quickly, and indirect costs like staff time can zap a nonprofit’s budget.
The Volunteer Center handles all the event planning details: from venue rentals and permits to volunteers and day of logistics.
Nonprofits form teams and fund-raise for themselves. The Volunteer Center provides forms and procedures for cash and check donations, as well as an online fundraising website for credit and debit transactions. All donations go through The Volunteer Center.
The Volunteer Center also recruits company or community teams- these are companies or other groups that would like to fund-raise for another nonprofit. Examples include Bank of America or student groups. These teams choose a nonprofit to benefit- some choose one for the whole group or others let each individual team member choose.
The Volunteer Center retains a fee to help cover the costs of producing the event: a percentage of the total amount raised for each nonprofit. This fee is designed to be less than the cost of each nonprofit producing their own event.
Everyone comes together on race day. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people walk, run or roll the 5k course, then gather in the Special Events Center for an After Party with free food, music and fun for the whole family!
Find out more: https://volunteercentertriad.org/