On any given week, UAServe Champion Mike Munroe can been found working hard to help others in the Greater Hartford community.
Some might wonder how he juggles volunteering at a food pantry with helping out at an after-school program, and sorting donations at another community program. Better yet? He does it all with a smile.
Munroe first learned about
through his church and soon after felt compelled to get involved.
"UA was involved in
First Church of Christ Wethersfield
's Serving Sunday, when church members learn about volunteer opportunities at various non-profit organizations," he explained.
Urban Alliance recruits and matches hundreds of volunteers just like Munroe to dozens of local programs, helping the programs to strengthen their impact.
"There are more than 50 volunteer opportunities that we match volunteers to," explained Rosa McGuire, Urban Alliance's Volunteer Manager. "It's always exciting when we meet someone who we know will be in it for the long haul, is willing to try different opportunities, and wants to help in whatever ways are needed."
Munroe was matched to three sites:
Crossroads Community Cathedral
's food pantry, which provides non-perishable food items for community members and helps connect them to additional community resources,
Hartford City Mission
's Noah After School program, a free program for children in first through fifth grade, and
, an organization that distributes school supplies, household and personal hygiene products and clothing to those most in need through community partner organizations.
"UA makes a good effort to match your strengths and preferences to a volunteer opportunity. They also follow up to make sure that ...