In the News: Student Volunteering + Modernizing Volunteer Screening
Posted Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Verified Volunteers Staff
August is almost here, and we’re in the heart of summer – the time of year for cookouts, farmers’ markets, vacations and, of course, volunteering. It’s the perfect time for students to get out and do some good in their communities. Plus, many families are making time to volunteer together, either at home or as part of their family vacation.
Several of our regional partners have recently had opportunities to talk with local media about summer volunteering. We have compiled several of those interviews below. If you are a nonprofit organization looking to attract student volunteers, we encourage you to read and listen to the media spots to learn about some of the ways our partners are connecting students with service opportunities. And if you are an individual who is interested in volunteering in your community, listen to learn about the many benefits of volunteering and the ways you can make a difference through service.
A Streamlined Screening Process Saves Time for Richmond Nonprofits
Before we cover the topic of student volunteering, I’d like to share a recent news story that highlights our partnership with HandsOn Greater Richmond and the impact it is having for their nonprofit agencies.
Featured on the Richmond Biz Sense news website, the story looks at our online volunteer screening platform and how it improves the background screening process for volunteers and volunteer programs in Richmond, Virginia. In the article, Vanessa Diamond, Director of HandsOn Greater Richmond, describes how our platform helps volunteers get screened faster and, in turn, saves a significant amount of time and paperwork for agencies.
To read the full article, please click here: Nonprofits Shed Some Paperwork
How Student Volunteering Impacts Youth and Organizations
All Ages Can Serve
Rhonda Oliver, President of HandsOn Greater Phoenix, was featured in a guest spot on the Valley Views radio program where she spoke about the importance of instilling a spirit of service in young children. In the interview, she discusses the wide range of service opportunities available in the Phoenix area to volunteers — from families to high school students to retirees. Ms. Oliver also explains the steps HandsOn takes to ensure the safety of volunteers so parents can have peace of mind when their teenage children volunteer on their own.
Benefits of Volunteering
Amber Smith is the Executive Director of Activate Good, a volunteer organization connecting volunteers with local causes in the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). In this radio interview on the North Carolina News Network, Ms. Smith explains the benefits of summer volunteering for students, specifically about how volunteering can help students develop valuable job skills. She also discusses how Activate Good matches volunteers with service opportunities based on each volunteer’s unique interests and talents.
Enriching Lives through Service
Most people volunteer in order to give back, but are often surprised by how much they get out of the experience. Executive Director Amy Lytle of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina discusses this topic in a recent interview with WBFJ radio in Winston-Salem, NC. She describes the many advantages of volunteering, including the sense of satisfaction and purpose that comes from service.
Providing Opportunities for All
Nonprofit leaders, we hope these interviews and articles provide some helpful ideas for getting more people in your community involved in service. As Amy Lytle says in her interview, “Everyone has something to give.” No matter a person’s age, area of interest or skill level, everyone can make his or her community stronger by volunteering.
If you’d like to learn more about our paperless volunteer screening platform, please contact us.
Tom Klein founded Verified Volunteers and leads its mission to propel service organizations and nonprofits by empowering volunteers. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn or Google+.