Blog Profile / Engaging Volunteers

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VolunteerMatch on the Street | SHARK WEEK 2016

How many humans do sharks kill each year? How many sharks do humans kill each year? We took to the streets of San Francisco to find answers to questions such as these, while having a little fun along the way. … Continue reading ?

4 Things Sharks and Volunteers Have in Common

When our team first met to discuss how we could be involved with Discovery Communications’ Shark Week, we hoped our followers might ask: What does volunteering have to do with Shark Week? After a quick brainstorm and a few laughs, … Continue reading ?

Have a Volunteer Story to Share? Enter the #SharkFinbassador Instagram Sweeps

In case you missed it, we’re partnering with Discovery for Shark Week (6/26/16 – 7/2/16) — Discovery’s longest-running cable television programming event in history. During this week and next, we’ll share stories of volunteers making an impact on their environments, … Continue reading ?

Discovery and VolunteerMatch Team Up for Shark Week

Earlier this year, VolunteerMatch extended our partnership with Discovery Communications to inspire volunteerism among their passionate viewers. Discovery even created this incredible PSA to help. Beginning next week, our relationship will get a little more dangerous: VolunteerMatch is daring to … Continue reading ?

Top 10 Cities with the Most Volunteer Opportunities

Earlier this week, we shared five encouraging stats from our 2015 Impact Report that prove the nonprofit sector and volunteer engagement isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With 104,000 nonprofits on VolunteerMatch working to engage volunteers to make a difference in … Continue reading ?

How Volunteering Helps Your Career

Sometimes, nonprofits and volunteer program managers can have trouble presenting their volunteer programs in the best light. Consider the following advice on encouraging your volunteers and helping them with getting a job or advancing in their careers. What Skills Will … Continue reading ?

2015 Impact Report | 5 Stats That Tell Our Story

Each year, the team at VolunteerMatch crunches its network data to put together an Impact Report — our infographic version of an annual report. This year, we’re incorporating real-time stats to help illustrate the impact of VolunteerMatch’s network to-date. We’re … Continue reading ?

Meet the VM Summit 16 Keynote Speakers

VolunteerMatch’s annual conference — VM Summit 16 — brings together nonprofits and companies to work toward a common goal: More impactful partnerships. For more information, check out this press release which announces the upcoming event. We are thrilled to introduce … Continue reading ?

How to Impress Your Volunteers With a Video Training (and Get the Job Done)

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. When a video complements a live orientation, the results are powerful. I had dinner with my friend Gena the other night. What’s great about Gena … Continue reading ?

Why Prisons Need More Volunteers

Guest Post by Mila Sanchez It’s easy to think about volunteering in places like hospitals, food banks, schools, and animal humane societies, but some places that are commonly overlooked [and could really use volunteers] are prisons. I know I’m guilty … Continue reading ?

Knowing Generational Differences Can Help Engage Your Volunteers

Guest post by Steve Page Volunteers are one of the best ways to grow your organization year after year. Once you have identified roles your volunteers will be assigned, the key to a successful volunteer experience is keeping your volunteer … Continue reading ?

A Big Help to Little People

Editor’s Note: VolunteerMatch participates in Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA)’s Corporate Work Study Program. Michelle, one of our ICA volunteers, wrote the following post to share how volunteering has impacted her life. Guest post by Michelle Fonseca Nelson Mandela once said, … Continue reading ?

What’s Behind the Why of Working with Volunteers

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. When you nurture what’s best in your volunteers, you hold some powerful change agents in your hands. Have you ever had a conversation so thought-provoking that … Continue reading ?

How Volunteering with Sick Children Changed Sharon Reasonover’s Life

Sharon Reasonover first started volunteering at the age of 16. It was the summer before her junior year of high school, and she hadn’t really understood the meaning behind doing something for others until that day. Sharon was accompanying a … Continue reading ?

Why “Tough Love” Produces the Best Volunteers

Guest post by Mike Devaney “Look, this has to work for you… what do you wanna get outta this experience?” she asked, squinting. Katerina (Kat), the hospital’s volunteer coordinator, was quietly putting to bed everything I thought I knew about recruiting … Continue reading ?

How To Use Positivity To Attract New Volunteers

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Finding qualified and capable volunteers for your organization isn’t always easy. Getting the word out is one challenge. Finding people willing to commit to the tasks at hand is another. Once volunteers are recruited, keeping … Continue reading ?

How to Boost Your Local Volunteers’ Motivation

Guest post by David Grover The ability to motivate local volunteers is a vital but challenging task. Volunteer organizations are notoriously fluid, people come and go, and very often, those who are very enthusiastic at the start lose steam as … Continue reading ?

VM Summit 16 to Bring Good Companies and Causes Together in Chicago, IL

Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer through pro bono volunteering, days of service, paid time off to volunteer, and more. Is your nonprofit effectively engaging these corporate volunteers? VM Summit 16, hosted by VolunteerMatch, will bring corporate responsibility and … Continue reading ?

5 Ways the Arts Can Enhance Your Volunteer Program

Guest post by Jordan Shue The arts have a tremendous ability to change individuals in positive ways. Now, imagine if that power was applied to entire teams of volunteers — specifically groups of volunteers from for-profit organizations. Not only does … Continue reading ?

8 Tips For Establishing Your Nonprofit On Social Media

Editor’s Note: At brand new or small nonprofits, people who run volunteer programs may be responsible for other functions within the organization, including marketing. Whether you’re taking on social media yourself, or working with a colleague to promote your volunteer … Continue reading ?

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