An Indianapolis-based organization is looking to make the process of helping Hoosiers get involved as volunteer leaders at nonprofits and community organizations a bit easier.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Leadership Indianapolis has had to pivot its Get On Board program from a one-day event to a series of virtual workshops to connect organizations with potential volunteers. This year, the organization is partnering with Indy tech company Selflessly to launch an online portal where residents can sign up to take advantage of volunteer opportunities.

In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Program and Communications Manager Ebony Chappel said the goal is to streamline those connections.

“There are so many different ways to get involved and sometimes, it can be a little bit difficult to parse through all the different opportunities and we’re hoping that our partnership with Selflessly can do that,” said Chappel. “We are bringing these nonprofit organizations together, even some corporate organizations together that are looking for that volunteerism. We are bringing them together with the people that are ready and willing to bring their time, talent and treasure to the table.”

Chappel says the online portal will be available to both organizations and individuals. She says having the ability to connect to the two sides is incredibly important.

“We believe that leadership in our city is at its absolute best when it’s multicultural, it’s multi-generational, and it’s collaborative,” she said. “We have noticed through the social uprising through a lot of the different changes that have occurred in our community and in our society over these past couple of years, there are organizations that are ready and willing to step up to the plate and to make sure that their walk equals their talk. So, Get On Board is an opportunity to do that.”

Chappel says more information on the online portal will be available soon. The Get On Board workshops began this week with the next installment taking place on June 1. 

You can learn more about the Get On Board program by clicking here.