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May 8, 2014
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NVC in need of more volunteers
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter


Claudette McFarlane, director, human capital, Courts Jamaica Limited, reads from the book 'The Three Little Kittens' to students from Webster Memorial Infant School during Courts' read across Jamaica Day on Tuesday. - Jermaine Barnaby

For seven years, the National Volunteer Centre (NVC) has lent a helping hand to those in need through its involvement in several activities aimed at getting Jamaicans involved in community-based volunteerism.

It comes as no surprise that the non-profit's head encourages volunteerism among Jamaicans, as the growth in numbers appears minuscule.

Notwithstanding using sensitisation tools inclusive of quarterly newsletters and social media to inform the public about volunteer activities year-round, the non-profit is desirous of additional participants.

"The increase is marginal. Our sensitisation efforts need to be significantly increased," said Winsome Wilkins, chief executive Officer of the NVC. "We are also planning a social-media blast very soon under a special project. The centre is invited regularly to make presentations to students in tertiary institutions and to participate in their Open Days."

Additionally, Wilkins said the NVC encourages persons to get involved as the non-profit seeks to match volunteers with appropriate acts of volunteerism, engaging organisations to search for volunteers through their online database.

The NVC is noted to have spearheaded numerous activities, including the 'Day of Care', which has served the homeless with the provision of two meals and medical services.

Those interested in volunteering can contact the NVC at (876) 906-0065, or visit their offices at 2D Camp Road in Kingston.

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