History of the Volunteer Center of Racine County, Inc.
In 1999, the Center for Community Concerns led a community-wide task force to study the concept and possibility of establishing a volunteer center in Racine County. After 15 months, it was determined that a stand-alone volunteer center was the desire of the community, that the current volunteer programs of the Center for Community Concerns would become part of the new volunteer center and a new location and an Executive Director would be sought. In September of 2000, the Volunteer Center of Racine County, Inc. (VCRC) opened its doors with Marilynn Pelky as its first Executive Director.
By June of 2001, the VCRC moved into its own home at 6216 Washington Avenue, Suite G. All former volunteer programs of the Center for Community Concerns were merged into the Volunteer Center of Racine County, Inc. Since that time, the VCRC has grown in staff and programs.
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) program continues to grow and expand its reach, annually receiving funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Our youth program has grown to include additional sites and topics related to free summer camps and youth service-learning programs, as well as the creation of a Youth Advisory Board.
The VCRC now also provides Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for both individuals and businesses, free of charge, and booths at local fairs, senior homes and schools that offer SafeAssuredTM ID services.
We are now Racine County’s point-of-entry to any community service programs, assisting the Racine County Court System in finding opportunities for and recording required community service hours.
The VCRC also coordinates volunteer recruitment for numerous episodic local events unique to Racine as well as national events, such as Earth Day and Make a Difference Day.