BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Volunteers and nonprofits can now find each other in one place.

In partnership with the United Way of Greater Kingsport, officials from United Way of Bristol launched a new volunteer portal Wednesday for community members to learn about available opportunities.

The website,, allows nonprofit organizations in the region to post any volunteer needs, promote fundraisers and list events. Community members and businesses can then search for opportunities and respond to needs if they’re interested.

“As we went through our strategic planning, we talked to our agencies, and they told us that they needed volunteers, but those potential volunteers weren’t aware of what opportunities were available,” said Lola McVey, board chair for United Way of Bristol.

The website is funded through a $10,000 grant from Kingsport, Tennessee-based Eastman Credit Union. Lisa Cofer, executive director for United Way of Bristol said Wednesday that her organization is grateful for the credit union and their continued support throughout the years.

“We are so excited to partner with Eastman Credit Union on this project that will allow us to provide many more opportunities for our volunteers,” Cofer said. “Volunteers are an essential part of our organization, and anything we can do to connect them with avenues to serve is a win-win for all.”

Published with permission from Zach Irby, Bristol Herald Courier

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