Two years after the pandemic forced the organization into hiatus, Volunteer Palm Springs (VPS) is back.
Driving the news: The 12-year-old nonprofit announced this week it has launched a new website and two new programs as it makes its return.
- The VPS website, which can be found here, serves as a hub that connects volunteers with nonprofits that need help.
- What started in 2010 with 30 members has now grown to include more than 1,400 active members. There is no charge to join.
What they’re saying: “To say that we are excited to be back in business is an understatement,” said founder David Carden Jr. “We know our volunteers, and future volunteers, are eager to get out and start volunteering. We also hope to solicit many new nonprofits to become partners and sponsors.”
Bigger picture: It’s a busy time for VPS. In addition to relaunching its web-based connection efforts, it’s also launching two new bicycle safety programs through its P.S. Cares campaign — Blink for Safety and the Ghost Bike Project. Both are dedicated to encouraging safety on the roads.
- Blink for Safety will provide free blinking bicycle safety lights for residents and “aims to increase cyclist visibility, both day and night, to help prevent injury and save lives,” said Carden. Events with the Palm Springs Police Department to register bikes and demonstrate proper safety are also planned.
- For the Ghost Bike Project, VPS wants to create a powerful reminder for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike by erecting memorials for cyclists who have been killed while biking. These all-white memorials will be placed at or near the actual location where the cyclist was killed.