CLEVELAND — The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on nearly every part of our society, including the social services sector. Now, a group of local philanthropists are using a new website called WeCareForCLE.org to help nonprofits rebound from this crisis.
The new website was launched Wednesday by Social Venture Partners Cleveland. Executive director Hilary Sparks-Roberts says she and her fellow members kept hearing stories from the non-profits they work with about how hard they’ve been hit by the crisis and knew they had to help out.
“Volunteer hours have radically been changed. And then, the need they have for finding safe ways for those who want to make a difference to still support them,” Sparks-Roberts said. “This tool allows them to tell their stories, talk about their mission, talk about the impact on their organizations, both in terms of numbers and data, and again the narrative.”
Each organization submits information about its financial and volunteer losses to WeCareForCle.org. In turn, it helps people who are interested in giving back find safe volunteer opportunities and easy access for monetary donations.
SVP Cleveland started working on the new website about three weeks ago after learning about it from its sister location in Cincinnati.
“SVP Cincinnati was working with the company that developed this platform called Inspiring Service. So just about three weeks ago we learned about it, we got very excited about the opportunity to spearhead a launch here in Cleveland. And then we started reaching out to some community collaborators,” Sparks-Roberts said.
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