As of Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Opportunity Connections is starting a new type of support service and has created a unique and personalized online non-profit directory that represents the five counties of the Columbia Gorge.
The directory is at GorgeLink.com and is already populated with more than 100 organizations. They have also created a Facebook page which lists the immediate needs for any of the organizations in the directory. Non-Profits that would like to be added to the directory, or who have an immediate need for their Facebook page, can contact Opportunity Connections through the website or email email@example.com.
They are providing this free service because their non-profit mission includes removing barriers for people with disabilities and supporting them in their own communities. Part of this effort is building community awareness and a connected support system.
“We appreciate the array of services that other non-profits provide toward our mission and want to help support those services in any way we can,” said Katie Maple, the website’s editor.
Opportunity Connections understands that most non-profits do not have marketing people on staff and have a great need to reach more people with fewer resources. The GorgeLink.com directory will act as a “one stop shopping center” for helping and giving. The listing provided for each organization not only gives contact information, but links to websites and Facebook pages, a brief description of what they do, as well as a list of things that everyone can do to help out that organization.
To go along with the directory, they have created a Facebook page where they post only the immediate volunteer and donation needs of the organizations. Opportunity Connections will be providing marketing for the website.
Because of the great response to GorgeLink they have already started a companion website called GorgeLinkFaith.com that lists all the faith groups in the five counties. When completed the directory listings will include contact information, what they believe, as well as what they do for their community and how to help.
“Individual people are the best resource for giving, but they want to give where it means the most to them. These directories will open up more options for giving,” Maple said.