Franklin College has a new office that helps Johnson County not-for-profits develop Web sites and recruit volunteers.
The Nonprofit Resource Center was sparked in part by the lack of volunteer coordination during the summer floods of 2008, Director Christopher Nunn said. “There was a huge response to the call for volunteers,” he said. “There wasn’t a volunteer center.”
Rather than create a walk-in center, Franklin’s Office of Professional Development is offering its services through www.helpjohnsoncounty.org. The site links to a national database of volunteer opportunities, www.allforgood.org.
Apart from Nunn, the staff consists of AmeriCorps volunteers who can help small organizations with public relations and Web site design, areas that don’t typically benefit from dedicated personnel. Clients so far include Johnson County Senior Services, the Franklin Symphonic Council and Johnson County Against Substance Abuse.