Start Somewhere

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Transcript Start Somewhere

Creating
Opportunities for
your Volunteers to
Be and Do More
KRIS SHABESTAR
MEALS ON WHEELS OF GREATER LYNCHBURG
Volunteerism in America
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1.6 Million tax-exempt organizations in the U.S.
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1.1 million are 501(c)(3) organizations
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Nonprofits employed 13.7 million people
(10% of workforce)
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5.5% of US GDP
$805 billion in output
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25% + of Americans volunteered last year
(about 62.6 million people)
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7.9 billion volunteer hours
Value of Volunteers
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National estimated value of volunteer time is $22.55
per hour
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Worth $175 billion
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Volunteers more likely to give to organizations they
volunteer for.
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73% of charitable giving came from individuals
Why Volunteer?
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Commitment to organization/mission
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Value/proof of work
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Professional development
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Convenient
Evaluation
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Evaluate your Volunteers
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Who are they?
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What skills do they bring?
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Is there a “typical” volunteer?
Evaluate your Program
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Who manages the volunteers?
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What opportunities are available?
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What else could they be doing?
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Dream big and outside the box!
Expectations
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Training – volunteers need to:
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Know what is expected
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Where to turn when there is a problem
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Why they do what they do
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Rewards
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Opportunities
Opportunities
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Make opportunities known and easy to sign up.
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Every employee’s job to get to know the volunteers.
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Let volunteers “try it out” with new opportunities.
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Ad-hoc members.
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Give volunteers an elevator speech or help them
develop their own unique voice.
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Encourage volunteers to advocate and tell their
friends.
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FOLLOW UP!
Communicate
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E-mail
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Websites
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Newsletters
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Social Media
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Presentations
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Meetings
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Volunteer “Areas”
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On-line Volunteer Boards
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Local & National
What do Volunteers Need to
Become More?
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Information
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Encouragement
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Opportunity