Saturday, July 20, 2024

Hometown: NetworkPeninsula Launches Monday

NetworkWilliamsburg announced the launch of NetworkPeninsula, a support service for nonprofits on the Peninsula.

The mission of NetworkPeninsula, like NetworkWilliamsburg, is to raise awareness of needs in the community, to encourage nonprofit involvement from community members and offer resources to nonprofits. NetworkWilliamsburg  will launch NetworkPeninsula on Monday, thanks to a recent grant from the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation of Mary Immaculate/Bon Secours Hospital in Newport News.

“We are excited about this new opportunity to support the valuable work of nonprofits serving the Peninsula,” said Karen Dutro, Executive Director of NetworkWilliamsburg. “We have seen great things happen when community members work together to impact change.

“In… just the last week since announcing the upcoming launch to area nonprofits, we were able to connect a Newport News nonprofit with three local businesses to help them find mentors needed for their Financial Literacy Program for youth.”

NetworkWilliamsburg offers a website that allows nonprofits to share their volunteer needs, item needs, and upcoming events with the community. Nonprofits also have access to monthly continuing education workshops, a grants database, items available from local businesses, and other opportunities to connect with community members and network with other nonprofits.

Unique to NetworkPeninsula will be links to sites already available in the community, including The Volunteer Center, Kids Priority One, PADRN, Peninsula Connects and others that help community members connect with valuable resources, according to a press release from the organization.

“We hope to make it easier for these resources to be found, to the ultimate benefit of people in need and the service providers,” said Dutro.

NetworkPeninsula currently has 16 nonprofits on board prior to its launch date, “with many more expected as awareness grows about our programs,” Dutro said. “When we launched NetworkWilliamsburg in 2007, we started with 11 nonprofits and today we support more than 80.”

The new website will go live Monday.

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