Guide to Creating a Volunteer Handbook

Guide to creating a volunteer handbook

Volunteers form the backbone of many organizations, particularly nonprofits. They perform essential work that frees staff members to concentrate on specialized tasks, and they create invaluable links to the community that generate interest and support. Across America, volunteers donate a collective 6.9 billion hours of work annually. To help your volunteer cohort function effectively, you’ll need

Improving the Volunteer Experience

Improving the Volunteer Experience

Volunteers in the United States are a powerful, constructive force. In 2018, 77.4 million Americans volunteered their time and efforts, working for a cumulative 6.9 billion hours and producing an estimated $167 billion worth of labor. They generate tremendous value for the organizations they serve — both economically and intangibly with warmth, goodwill, passion, and determination. Given

How to Give Thanks for Your Volunteers This Thanksgiving

Turkey time is just around the corner, and it’s more important than ever to show your volunteers just how much you value them. Take this November as a time for giving thanks for volunteers, with some simple but effective tokens of appreciation. Recognize Them Online Create a post on social media that props up your

How Your Organization Can Promote Safe Volunteering During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How Your Organization Can Promote Safe Volunteering During the Pandemic

COVID-19 changed the way we do a lot of things, including volunteering. Help is now more necessary than ever across all organizations — in animal shelters, food banks, child care, hospitals, and more — and people are eager to assist their community.  As a compassionate volunteer organization, your priorities likely shifted to keeping your volunteers

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day – Day 5

We have been celebrating volunteer managers from all over the world by sharing their stories of success from this year. We received so many amazing stories that we had to spread our celebration out over a whole week! We are so thankful to be a part of celebrating your accomplishments. If you haven’t had the

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day – Day 4

Thank you for joining us for another day of volunteer manager success stories! This year has certainly had its share of challenges, but so many of you have still succeeded and thrived! It has been incredibly encouraging to hear your stories, and we are so happy to be able to share them! We received over

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day – Day 3

Welcome back for day 3 of our celebration of volunteer managers! November 5 was International Volunteer Managers Day, and we’ve collected stories from volunteer managers to share how they have succeeded this year! It has been incredible to hear how they have continued to serve their communities and organizations even in the midst of very

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day – Day 2

International Volunteer Managers Day was yesterday, November 5, 2020. To celebrate the accomplishments of volunteer managers this year, we collected many of their stories of success from 2020. However, we received so many incredible responses that we weren’t able to share them all in one day! So we’ve decided to extend the celebration and share

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day

Today is a special day, and we’d like to stop to celebrate all the volunteer managers around the world who are dedicated to serving their communities and affecting positive change in our world. It has been a crazy and challenging year for many volunteer programs, but we know that volunteer managers have continued to serve

How to Write a Job Description That Volunteers Will Love 

How to write a job description that volunteers will love

If your organization relies on volunteers, you know how essential it is to attract good people. Your volunteers may form the backbone of your programs, performing the day-in and day-out work that allows you to focus on the long-term impact and growth your mission can achieve. You need your volunteers to be compassionate, hardworking, trustworthy,