Beacon News: Workship offers new database

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

A new online system seeks to help Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship program pair students with the best possible volunteer opportunities.

Beginning last month, students are now able to view online listings for organizations through MyPBA. Any nonprofit organization interested in listing receives a user name and password to enable them to electronically post advertisements.

The postings include information about the work, such as contact information and when the organization needs the volunteer.

“The idea was the brainchild of Workship staff,” said Carrie Skierski, PBA’s Workship director. “We figured it was time to go virtual.”

The Web site also allows students to keep track of the number of volunteer hours they have logged.

Freshman Alicia Stamm said that she is excited about the site.

“I think it will be helpful for somebody like myself who isn’t good at keeping track of things,” Stamm said. “I’m not good at remembering times and stuff like that, so I can check when I’m looking for stuff on or near campus.”

Skierski said that although there is no way to tell how many students have already logged on to the site, she is sure all will “as everyone always wants to know how many Workship hours they currently have and are also looking for new places to volunteer.”

In order to find local volunteer opportunities, “[The] Workship Department sent letters to 300 local nonprofits telling them about the site, and anytime we meet and talk to other nonprofit organizations we let them know about the Web site,” Skierski said.

Lee Powell, facilities manager with Westgate Recreation Center in West Palm Beach, is pleased to see that PBA has provided an online service. Powell used the site to post two opportunities for students: one for a “Turkey Shoot” on Nov. 19, and another for coaching positions for the center’s spring youth and teen basketball league.

“It’s very easy to use,” Powell said. “I completed the information online and received a call within 30 minutes.”

Powell was also impressed by the response from PBA students, adding that he received information from two interested students within a day of posting his ad.
The Palm Beach Zoo, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are three of the more than 75 organizations that have already submitted postings.

Students who wish to access the site should visit MyPBA, and click on the “Check Workship Hours” link located under PBA Resources.

The Workship Department is looking for students to assist with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event on Oct. 9; an environmental project at the Palm Beach Zoo on Oct. 17; and the Rosemary Village after-school program, which takes place each Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 5:15 p.m.
For more information, visit Workship in 310 Okeechobee Hall.

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