National Volunteer Week: How to Inspire and Empower Your Volunteers

National Volunteer WeekNational Volunteer Week is fast approaching. This year occurring April 15-21, it is a time many organizations designate especially for appreciating everything they’ve got – great volunteers, and millions more out there looking for ways to help.

It’s a time to showcase the impact your volunteers have in the community, and inspire others to be just as involved. It’s a time to actively encourage individuals to recognize the power that each of them has to make a difference.

One of the best ways to show your volunteers that you value them is to make sure you provide the quality resources and programming so they can have a big impact on the causes they care about.

At VolunteerMatch we’ve got tools and campaigns to help you with that:

  • Free Webinars
    Check out over 20 different training topics to help you recruit and manage volunteers more effectively. Some upcoming webinars include “Best Practices for Recruiting Online,” “Social Media and Volunteer Engagement,” and “Single Days of Service: Make It Work.”
  • A Library of Resources
    We curate a comprehensive Volunteering Resource Library over on the IdeaEncore Network. Browse through dozens of documents, many free to download, to help with your volunteer program.
  • Learn Our Secrets
    Recently we released “101 Volunteer Recruitment Secrets,” containing a wealth of volunteer recruitment knowledge gathered from your peers all over the world, including a whole section on recognition and appreciation. Download it for free!
  • Fighting Hunger Together with Walmart
    Through funding from the Walmart Foundation, hunger-related organizations get free access to our premium tools, as well as specialized training and resources. Are you fighting for food security? Learn more now!
  • Tree Planting with the Arbor Day Foundation
    We’ve partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to help nonprofits that focus on tree-planting get the training resources they need, as well as more exposure on Arbor Day Foundation’s Volunteer Center.
  • Virtual Volunteering
    These days, organizations can harness the power of the Internet and social media to build a significantly larger volunteer corps. Don’t limit yourself – or your volunteers – by geography. Instead, think about how you can design volunteer opportunities that people can accomplish from anywhere.
  • Skilled Volunteering
    By far the best way to make sure your volunteers have a big impact is to match their skills to you needs. At VolunteerMatch we built the Listing Wizard to help you do that.

So take advantage of the resources above, and show your volunteers how much they mean to you – by helping them make an even bigger difference in the world.

Got something special planned for National Volunteer Week? Let us know and we’ll help spread the word!

Aaahh! Spooky Resources from the Volunteering Resource Library

The Volunteering Resource LibraryDon’t be scared – VolunteerMatch is here to protect you. And to pass along some great volunteer management resources from the Volunteering Resource Library on the IdeaEncore Network. So grab a fistful of candy corn and prepare to be educated out of your wits.

Stalking the Elusive Exec: 12 Tips to Get Your ED to Learn About Volunteer Management
A dozen tips written mainly for volunteer program managers who need help in gaining administrative support, even to get their bosses to read a book on the topic of volunteers.

Spontaneous Volunteer Management in a Disaster
Article providing strategies to integrate spontaneous volunteers into your program in a crisis situation. Preplanning a response allows an organization to avoid having to refocus its efforts toward processing a large volume of volunteers later on.

Handling Problem Volunteers: Real Solutions
This book looks at some of the most common volunteer performance problems and offers solutions. It helps assess the extent and root causes of problems. Examples range from “Annoying Volunteers” with poor interpersonal skills to “Dangerously Dysfunctional” ones, posing risk concerns.

Click here to explore more documents in the Volunteering Resource Library and upload your own.

Reminder: the Volunteering Resource Library is Here to Help

Remember the Volunteering Resource Library?Lest you forget, VolunteerMatch has built an extensively useful collection of volunteering-related resources and research on the IdeaEncore Network. The Volunteering Resource Library is easily accessible via the colorful tile to the right, or you can browse the many archived posts on Engaging Volunteers featuring documents from the library.

We’ve all heard that “sharing is caring,” and while that’s certainly true, in the nonprofit sector sharing is also an excellent way to gain tools and knowledge you wouldn’t otherwise have access to, and to help the entire sector be more effective and impactful. The Volunteering Resource Library is one way VolunteerMatch is using IdeaEncore’s excellent website to give you, our nonprofits, a way to improve and enhance your volunteer programs.

What’s great about the Library is that not only can you access the resource, you can also contribute your own! So take a look at some examples below of what you’ll find, browse the rest of the library for other helpful documents, and think about what your nonprofit has to contribute to the growing Volunteering Resource Library.

  • Toward a New Definition of Pro Bono
    The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, together with several key private and government partners, convened The Summit on Corporate Volunteerism in February 2008. Toward a New Definition of Probono, produced out of this summit, makes the case for utilizing probono volunteer services.

Click here to explore more documents in the Volunteering Resource Library and upload your own.

Clean Up The World with the Volunteering Resource Library

Volunteering Resource LibraryEach Friday we end the week on Engaging Volunteers by posting a few of the latest and greatest meaty documents from the VolunteerMatch Volunteering Resource Library on the IdeaEncore Network for you to peruse. It’s a great way for your nonprofit to share what you know, learn from others, and even earn revenue.

If you have helpful, proven volunteering resources, share them on IdeaEncore.

  • Volunteer Orientation and Training: Tips for member led workshops
    Give your members that step into leadership roles the tools they need to optimize their success and the success of their volunteers. The following document is a best practice example of tips and training agenda examples that you can redesign to fit your own program.
  • Volunteer Agreement
    A volunteer agreement is the foundation of the working relationship between an organization and its volunteers. A volunteer agreement clarifies the expectations of both parties in relation to length of time commitment, confidentiality, attendance at training, and adherence to the organization’s policies and procedures.

Click here to explore more documents from the Volunteering Resource Library and upload your own.

No National Volunteer Week is Complete Without the Volunteering Resource Library

Volunteering Resource LibraryEach Friday we end the week on Engaging Volunteers by posting a few of the latest and greatest meaty documents from the VolunteerMatch Volunteering Resource Library on the IdeaEncore Network for you to peruse. It’s a great way for your nonprofit to share what you know, learn from others, and even earn revenue.

If you have helpful, proven volunteering resources, share them on IdeaEncore.

  • Volunteer Expenses
    It’s important that organizations have an expense policy in place and that volunteers are aware of which expenses are covered right from the start.

Click here to explore more documents from the Volunteering Resource Library and upload your own.