Orphan Care Alliance, which works to equip, connect and mobilize Christians to serve vulnerable children and families, has opened an online portal in an effort to find volunteers who can help meet needs in communities across the state.
The organization is seeking to expand its reach but needs a minimum of 75 volunteers in an area, said Bryan Proctor, a Kentucky MSC missionary and deputy executive director of OCA.
Noting that not every area of the state has enough volunteers, the organization is asking people who would be willing to meet a need in their community to register as a volunteer. The gateway portal will connect child welfare workers with people in their communities, sending animal notifying of a specific family need.
Also, needs in a community can be posted on the portal. “Workers will coordinate the details to help meet the needs,” said the OCA website. “One person cannot do everything, but everyone can do something.”
Macedonia Baptist Church Pastor Bryan Grigg and his wife, Krista, who reside in Kuttawa, had a Facebook post encouraging people to volunteer.
“Orphan Care Alliance … (is) a great resource that is available across parts of Kentucky, but not available to western Kentucky yet,” said their Facebook post.
“It is a portal where the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services workers and others involved in foster care can enter needs that kids have within our region. Maybe there is a foster family that needs a mattress or a used dresser, a foster child who needs a pair of shoes, or bedding for a girl. It is really about connecting the dots between people and meeting needs.”
The post said 40 more volunteers are needed to move the western Kentucky region into an active OCA area.
“If it is something you can help with, great — if not, maybe you could point the need to someone else who can help,” the Griggs said.
OCA announced Monday afternoon that the volunteer count has increased in the past month, especially in the South Salt River Trail areas of Bullitt, Hardin and Nelson counties.
Orphan Care Alliance says it wants to “lead the efforts of caring for the foster and adoptive community in Kentucky.” OCA defines itself as “a Christ-centered, evangelical ministry. This belief shapes everything we desire to do in caring for vulnerable children and families.”
This story originally appeared on Kentucky Today, the online news website of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.