Seven Solid Tips on Turning Away Volunteers

Seven Solid Tips on Turning Away Volunteers

Turning away a volunteer who is not a good fit for your organization is never an easy task. Twenty Hats offers seven helpful tips for this difficult job. How do you handle this situation?

Unwanted Volunteers

Unwanted Volunteers

Great article from the Boston Globe on the challenges of corporate volunteerism: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/03/24/unwanted-volunteers/SNJQGGMQUUcIhYFh6M6k4M/story.html

5 Ways to Lose Volunteers

5 Ways to Lose Volunteers

Recruiting volunteers is one thing – making sure that they continue to be interested in what you’re doing is another. That’s when many nonprofits struggle and start to lose their volunteers.

Here are 5 examples of how to quickly lose the support of even your most dedicated volunteers. It’s a cautionary tale…

by Isabel Wiliams – Original article on VolunteerMatch: http://blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/2015/02/23/5-surprisingly-easy-ways-to-lose-volunteers/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VolunteerMatch%20Nonprofit%20Newsletter&utm_content=NPNews_0315

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DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight

LauraJellumFoodForward

 Q&A with Laura Jellum; Volunteer Manager at Food Forward

Q: Where are you currently working and how long have you been managing volunteers?

A: I have been the Volunteer Manager at Food Forward since March 2014. Food Forward recovers fresh produce from backyard fruit trees, farmers markets and LA’s downtown wholesale produce market. 100% of the produce we collect (9 million pounds to date!) is donated to local hunger relief agencies. We host 100 – 150 volunteer powered events per month, which are staffed, on average, by 300 – 400 volunteers. I ensure that those events are staffed, and also oversee our outreach, social media, group engagement, office volunteers and anything else that comes across my plate!

Q: How were you introduced to DOVIA-LA and what do you enjoy about the group?

A: I honestly think I googled Los Angeles + volunteer management to see if there were any professional groups I could be a part of! As someone new to the field, I was eager to meet other Volunteer Managers in the area, learn about best practices and hear about the experiences of others. I’ve loved being a part of DOVIA because the group is incredibly welcoming and generous in their insight, advice and support. I also appreciate the diverse roster of non-profits involved!

Q: What’s a memorable volunteer story?

A: I am blown away on a daily basis by how committed and passionate the Food Forward volunteers are. As a small staff of 12, there is no way we could accomplish all we do without our Super Volunteers leading up to 25 produce recovery events per week. They are out at 15 farmers markets per week, driving our vehicles to properties to pick fruit, supervising other volunteers and representing us at community events. Working with the volunteers and hearing about the enthusiasm they have for what we do is just awesome. They come to us for so many different reasons – to fight food insecurity in the community, to support local hunger relief agencies, to address food waste, to be outdoors, to meet people – which, in turn, motivates us as a staff to do even more!

Q: Do you have any tips for volunteer managers?

A: Do your best.

Q: Do you have any hobbies that help you maintain work/life balance?

A: I do a lot of hiking and cooking. I also love wandering around Los Angeles, eating at delicious restaurants and binging on the occasional TV show.

 

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This VolunteerMatch webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. Tues, April 14, 2015, 11:00 PT/2:00 ET. Register at http://learn.volunteermatch.org/webinars/telling-story-volunteer-impact.

Guide for Group Volunteering

Guide for Group Volunteering

DOVIA-LA member Tanya, who works for Catholic Charities (catholiccharitiesla.org), has some large groups coming in July and would some ideas on how to manage them doing large projects. Does anyone have a good guide or best practices to share? If so, please contact Tanya at TAldecoa@ccharities.org or Tanyaaldecoa@gmail.com. Thank you!

Do Volunteers Want to “Talk Amongst Themselves”?

Do Volunteers Want to “Talk Amongst Themselves”?

Do you think that volunteers (of any kind) would be interested in an online forum community, based on their shared identity as volunteers? Dan Berman, founder of VolunteerTalk.org, and Susan debate this question and invite you to weigh in – and to visit his beta site. Read this month’s Hot Topic at EnergizeInc: https://www.energizeinc.com/hot-topics/2015/march?utm_source=March+2015+Update&utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&utm_medium=email

VolunteerMatch’s New Organization Profiles

VolunteerMatch’s New Organization Profiles

VolunteerMatch has made some great changes to organization pages. The new Profile will boost your organization’s VolunteerMatch recruiting efforts, and serve as a quick and easy way to advertise across the Internet. Due to VolunteerMatch’s excellent search engine optimization, organizations registered in the VolunteerMatch network will most definitely have their profiles prominently displayed on Google search results lists. So take advantage of VolunteerMatch’s SEO, and update your organization’s profile page or register with our vast network of nonprofit partners and volunteers. Read More »

Last Day to Register for Jennifer Bennett Presentation

Last Day to Register for Jennifer Bennett Presentation

Register today for the next DOVIA-LA meeting on Mar. 20, 9:30 – 12:00 at the Braille Insititute. Dynamic and engaging presenter Jennifer Bennett, Senior Manager, Education & Training at VolunteerMatch, will discuss ‘Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes.’ No cost for DOVIA-LA members; $20 for non-members: https://dovia-march.eventbrite.com.

Plan for Professional Development in 2015

Plan for Professional Development in 2015

The new year is underway; resolutions have been made; plans set. Have you included dates for professional development in 2015? The best way to make sure you’re saving time for improving your volunteer management skills is to get that time on your calendar. Look to the Energize Directory for the Volunteer Management Profession (https://www.energizeinc.com/directory?utm_source=February+2015+Update&utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&utm_medium=email) for learning opportunities available to you, including:
Calendar of Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
Ongoing Courses and Classes
Certification and Credentialing Programs
On-demand Webinars
We list events that require onsite attendance and/or are available online – anywhere in the world.