WeGather Tool Increases Participation in Faith Communities – Now Free of Charge


WeGather.com: Where Your Church Connects Online

Editor’s note: A few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak for a friend’s parish, St. Clement in Chicago. I was incredibly impressed that night by the awesome group of women assembled for fellowship, networking and faith formation. One of the ladies in the group that night was Joan Jablonski, one of the founders of the awesome tool WeGather. This fantastic portal, born out of the needs of St. Clement Moms Group, is now a fully functional, and free, resource for other parish communities with available add-on features that make it a great organizer for your parish or group. Please take a moment to read the following announcement, visit the WeGather website, and share this information with your pastor or parish staff. LMH

WeGather offering a free custom web portal to help engage members of churches & synagogues

Chicago, IL – Chicago tech company WeGather has announced that it is now offering its unique online volunteer platform free of charge to faith communities seeking to better engage their members.  The goal is to make volunteering easy for participants and volunteer organizers alike at churches and synagogues nationwide.

The WeGather free web portal is completely customizable which makes it a good choice for any faith community regardless of size or financial means.  All faith communities have sub-groups by function:  one group may be primarily social in nature while another schedules weekly volunteers, and still another seeks donations.  WeGather’s in-depth research among highly engaged volunteers showed that the chief cause of volunteer frustration and burnout was failed communication – a sure side effect when using an assortment of online tools requiring countless website signups and logins.

WeGather.com in action

To fulfill that communication need, this modern and easy-to-use web portal is a unique gift to religious enthusiasts.  “It brings together all the volunteer tools a church or synagogue needs, using the very latest technology,” says Joe Jablonski, president of WeGather.  “The result is a smooth experience for volunteers and a single customer service department to handle all questions. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness.”

Tools included for free in the WeGather web portal include event invitations, online calendars, group email blasts, document storage, member directories, discussion forums, photo & video sharing, Facebook/Twitter export, and private messaging. Additional services such as donation management and volunteer signup are available for a fee.

“The WeGather web portal has been instrumental in my volunteer position,” says Natalie Recker, co-chair of the 190-member moms’ group at St. Clement Church in Chicago.  “Having all of our member, calendar and event information in one place is invaluable.  It’s the only website we need to keep the group running smoothly.”

Contact the premier distributor of WeGather and WeShare donation management, Liturgical Publications Inc, at http://www.4LPi.com.  To sign up for your free web portal, go to www.WeGather.com.



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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