Engaging Skills-Based Volunteers. Where Do You Start?
Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by Verified Volunteers Staff
Each week, before you enter your weekly department meeting, you feel confident that you have achieved a good deal since your last gathering. All the high-priority items have been checked off your to-do list and you are in a good place to start the week. But when your weekly department meeting adjourns and you exit the conference room, somehow your list of priorities and tasks has tripled in size. There are a handful of projects on said list that you don’t even have the skill-set for. The problem is, neither does anyone else in your organization. Those projects consistently seem to be the ones that get pushed to the back burner and brought up again three months down the road. Sigh, life in the nonprofit world.
The answer? Skills-based volunteers.
There is never a lack of work to be done in nonprofit organizations, and chances are you have heard about the benefits of engaging skills-based volunteers. It seems to be a hot topic in the field right now, and there are thousands of individuals who are willing to lend a hand to your organization.
Everyone is talking about engaging skills-based volunteers…how hard can it be?
When you start to think about engaging skills-based volunteers, a ton of questions probably pop you’re your head:
- Where do I begin engaging skills-based volunteers?
- How do I know if skills-based volunteers are the right solution to meet my agency’s need?
- Is it time to bring in the expertise that I don’t have on staff (like a financial analyst, copyeditor, or social media guru)?
- Am I aligned with my board on this need?
- Do I have staff available to plan and manage the project?
Click here for 9 Tips for Launching a Skills-Based Volunteering Program.
Also, Points of Light and Taproot Foundation are teaming up to host a FREE webinar to start answering some of these questions. The webinar is on Tuesday, June 16 at 2pm ET. Click here to register for Engaging Skills-Based Volunteers.
The webinar will introduce you to the Skills-Based Service Engagement Tool. This assessment tool – created by Points of Light and the Taproot Foundation, with support from the ConAgra Foods Foundation – provides instant feedback and tangible recommendations for nonprofits looking to connect with talented business professionals to help them move their missions forward. The tool asks thought-provoking questions enabling you to make sure that skills-based service is the right solution at the right time, before you begin a project.