‘Speed dating’ event to match volunteers with non-profits

NORTH DELTA – Donna Burke believes people and non-profits are searching for that perfect match, which is why she’s organizing a "Volunteer Speed Dating" night at a local school gym.The event, set for Monday, May 4 at North Delta Secondary, is designed to put potential volunteers and community organizations in the same room for a couple of hours.The non-profits and service clubs will have three minutes to pitch opportunities to would-be volunteers before a bell sounds for the start of the next round of conversation."Hopefully, all of the people will move from table to table over the course of the two hours, and we’ll have some prize draws and some refreshments," Burke told the Now."I’m hoping for a festive, kind of a game show-type of atmosphere, and students from North Delta will help run the evening. It’s going to be fun, I’m sure."Burke, a former Delta school trustee, was hired in mid-March by Collaborate Delta, anon-profit group formed in 2012 with a goal of increasing "social connectedness" in the area."This is our first event of this nature, our first sort of public event," Burke said. "The speed-dating thing has been done before (as a volunteer fair), but not around here, as far as we could tell. It’s about finding that perfect match and linking people to organizations that share their interests and passions. The speed-dating part is just a bit of fun."The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school, 11447 82nd Ave., North Delta."People are telling us they think it’s a great idea, and we’re hoping to have 20-plus nonprofits in the gymnasium on the fourth (of May)," Burke said."I’ve had a few people tell me, people who are in the know in the volunteer business in Delta, that there’s no problem getting volunteers in North Delta," she added. "South Delta, on the other hand, not so much. It’s interesting. We are also planning to have another one of these speed-dating events in the fall in South Delta, probably October."To get involved in the volunteer event, or for more details, email Burke at coordinator@collaboratedelta.org.