When Will Sherman started thinking about his project for Arlington's Eagle Scouts Troop 306, he turned to the first place where he thought he'd find options: the Internet.
But what the 17-year-old soon realized was there was no main place for Arlington residents to connect with nonprofits for opportunities to volunteer locally.
"There were all sorts of sites out here, but none of them had a good list," Sherman said. "It started to get me thinking—it seemed rather silly that someone interested in volunteering would have so much trouble finding an organization to volunteer."
So Sherman, 17, decided to take matters into his own hands. For his Eagle project, he decided he would not only volunteer but he would also make life for future volunteers easier.
He gathered his fellow scouts and started calling Arlington nonprofits, gathering information about their opportunities to create his own website. Now, Sherman is partnering with Arlington Patch to form a comprehensive list of volunteering opportunities in town.
Along with his fellow scouts, Sherman is doing all the work to find nonprofits and post their openings for volunteers online. Patch is hosting the information and promoting it on the web.
The site can be found at Arlington.patch.com/volunteer.
On Saturday, Sherman and 15 other people walked from parks to churches, posting flyers to let Arlington's would-be volunteers know about the many opportunities to help out locally.
"I'm hoping this will make volunteers' lives easier," Sherman said.
As part of Sherman's project, Arlington Patch will continue to make an effort to generate the most comprehensive list for Arlington volunteers, posting new opportunities as often as possible and running a daily feature on the volunteer position of the day.
If you are looking for volunteers to help you at your nonprofit, please contact editor Pedro Oliveira at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to post them on Arlington Patch.