Second phase of myGRcitypoints includes volunteer opportunities
Caroline MacGregor January 22, 2013 | WGVU “Today we've announced the next phase of our myGRcitypoints program. We are proud and pleased to expand this program so we can continue to expand our platform of city government here to engage our community in community building."
City Manager Greg Sundstrom making the announcement at City Hall. He says since
September the city has been quietly posting information about the volunteer
portion of myGRcitypoints. After its launch the number of people recycling
their waste increased by 80%.
possible through the city’s partnership with Local First, area residents have
been able to help the environment while being rewarded with services and
products from local businesses. The new, second, phase of the program now gives
residents across the region the
opportunity to earn points by volunteering at and contributing their points to campaigns
that help the community.
The program’s expansion means all area
residents, not just city residents, can now earn points by volunteering at
approved nonprofit events.
Just as the
first recycling phase partnered with Local First, the second phase of mygrcitypoints.com
includes a partnership with Heart of West Michigan United Way.
"This opportunity brings to light not only the importance of volunteerism but the creative of working with Local First on how there is some incentive for volunteerism and what happens is the merchants get more traffic into their businesses and the city benefits from their time which reduces costs in the city.”
President and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way, who says the organization,
will use its online volunteer management program called HandsOn Connect to
allow organizations to post opportunities and track volunteer participation.
Mygrcitypoints members can create and link their HandsOn Connect account to
their mygrcitypoints account. When both accounts are linked points will accrue
every time a member takes part in a points-eligible volunteer opportunity.
Heartwell says one campaign included in the second part of phase 2 allows
members to direct points to a city park of their choice. Three parks with the
most points will be awarded money for improvements. The park with the highest
number of points will receive up to 50-thousand dollars for a makeover.
"It's funds that the city commission has already allocated to park improvements and repairs and we are going to able to redirect them to parks that as a result of points conversions are the most popular parks in the city."
two top point earning parks will earn up to 10-thousand dollars each.