2 local men start volunteer website

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Ever want to give back to the community, but don't know where to look for volunteer opportunities? Look no further than www.volunteergwinnett.com, which was started by local residents Tom Kincaid and Don Hoppe.

"I was walking in Rock Springs Park and I thought, 'This is so beautiful, maybe volunteers could help keep it this way without cutting into the county's budget,'" Kincaid said. "I wrote a letter to the Gwinnett Daily Post about it and I never thought it would be printed."

The letter was published a few days later with the headline "Step up and help the county."

"Those words spoke to me," he said.

Inspired by the letter, Hoppe contacted Kincaid about the idea. As two web guys, they decided to create a website. In the beginning, Kincaid collected volunteering opportunities from different locations and entered them into the site himself. They now have it set up for nonprofits to enter their own events -- and it's 100 percent free.

"This is our volunteer project locally," Kincaid said. "We're just making it easier to go to one place to find opportunities. We're also offering nonprofits and cities a place to put listings up."

He added, "We're not trying to compete with the county's website; we like to complement it."

Only local or neighboring organizations can post on the website.

For volunteer opportunities or to enter a listing, visit www.volunteergwinnett.com.