For the first time in the 28-year history of DuPagePads, volunteers will be able to complete a web-based program training program at their own convenience. This volunteer training program was made possible as a result of a grant from the Spirit of Volunteerism Fund of The DuPage Community Foundation.
Beginning Mon., Jan. 6, volunteers will be able to log into the DuPagePads website and learn about the agency mission to end homelessness, programs and services provided, best practices in risk management, volunteer roles and responsibilities and more. The $30,000 grant was one of three awarded May 8, 2013, at Volapalooza: A Celebration of Volunteerism at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College.
“We know that we could not provide all of our services without the tremendous support of our volunteers. The information and skills learned in the training modules will empower volunteers and give them the tools they need to be confident and successful while providing flexibility to complete the training at a convenient time for them,” noted Carol Simler, DuPagePads’ Executive Director, in a news release.
As a result of this grant, training materials will be available on the DuPagePads website for all registered volunteers. “Through educating volunteers about homelessness and appropriate responses, the overnight sites become safer and the community is more knowledgeable about the challenges program participants face and the resources available to them. We are grateful for the support of The DuPage Community Foundation to educate our volunteers with this formal online training,” Carol Simler said.
Did you know? Founded in 1985, DuPagePads is the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County. Providing the county’s largest Interim (Overnight) Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, DuPagePads’ solution to ending homelessness is housing, coupled with support services and employment to restore hope and rebuild lives. The administration office is located at 601 West Liberty Drive, Wheaton, IL 60187. Additional information can be obtained by contacting DuPagePads at (630) 682-3846 or at www.dupagepads.org.