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  • VV Lifecycle eBook

    eBook: Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle

    Posted 07/13/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    Every day, millions of people volunteer. Whether they build houses, distribute food, raise funds, care for animals, tutor students, or provide comfort, volunteers make an incredible difference by sharing their time and talent. Each of these volunteer’s commitment to an organization’s mission is a lifecycle, and Verified Volunteers’ informative new eBook, “Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle,” gives you all the information you need to manage your volunteers more effectively throughout their entire journey with your organization.

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    9 Quick Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

    Posted 07/06/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    As a Volunteer Manager, you know that when it comes to running a volunteer program for a nonprofit organization – and creating change in the community through volunteerism – one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is volunteer recruitment. Sure, there are other factors (such as your budget!) that are also extremely important, but volunteers are the backbone of any volunteer program and finding good volunteers is like striking gold. That brings us to the question this blog addresses: What are some great ideas for recruiting volunteers?

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  • Why You Need a Volunteer Work Plan

    Why You Need a Volunteer Work Plan and How to Create One, an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 3: Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success Recap

    Posted 06/29/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    We recently hosted the third webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 3, Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success, we discussed how to track the impact of your volunteer program beyond counting the number of volunteers and the hours of service they provide.

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  • Learning from Others Mistakes

    The Key to Recruiting Skilled Volunteers: Defining Their Role in 4 Simple Steps

    Posted 06/21/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    If volunteering were an Easter egg hunt, skilled volunteers would be the rare but much appreciated golden eggs of the volunteer candidate pool. Regular volunteer candidates are amazing; they can help in a wide range of positions and are eager to learn new skills. That said, skilled volunteers come equipped with specific types of experience and are excited to immediately put that experience to use!

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  • 3 Easy Ideas to Help Your Nonprofit Leverage Volunteer Generosity

    Posted 06/15/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    Ask a volunteer manager to name the single biggest concern they have about running their nonprofit’s volunteer program. More likely than not, they will name their budget. Too often, volunteer managers are tasked with running their volunteer program on a shoestring. Of course, they try to do everything they can to keep costs down while still doing incredible work for their local community, but there’s one cost-saving opportunity they might be forgetting: volunteer background screening costs.

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  • Learning from Others Mistakes

    Learning from Others’ Mistakes: Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe from Would-be Predators

    Posted 06/07/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    Most nonprofit organizations try to take every possible precaution to keep volunteers and the groups they serve safe. When it comes to vulnerable populations like children, you can never be too cautious with your policies and procedures as they relate to the vetting of volunteer candidates who work alongside these groups. Though you would assume organizations working with any type of vulnerable population would maintain airtight screening and onboarding regulations, not all do…and persons with harmful intentions sometimes gain access to these groups.

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    Fun in the Sun: 3 Summertime Treats to Show Volunteer Appreciation

    Posted 05/31/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    Summertime is almost here and along with the gorgeous weather, vacations at the beach, and the meaningful work your organization does for your community, comes lots of fantastic opportunities to show your group of volunteers some sunny volunteer appreciation.

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  • Girl Scouts of Maine

    Case Study: Girl Scouts of Maine

    Posted 05/25/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    Despite the universal nature of Girl Scout troops, Girl Scouts of Maine faced a range of challenges when recruiting the 4,000 volunteers they depend on to lead troops and provide support. Most working parents simply don’t believe they have the time to volunteer. A volunteer screening and onboarding process that was painfully slow often served to discourage potential volunteers.

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  • 3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Volunteer

    3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Volunteer – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 2: Recruiting & Onboarding Recap

    Posted 05/18/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    We recently hosted the second webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 2, Recruiting & Onboarding, we discussed recruiting strategies to help you find the best volunteer candidates in your local community. We also talked about onboarding – how can you create an efficient and (somewhat) effortless onboarding process?

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  • Best Practices in Volunteer Recruitment

    Posted 05/11/2017 by Doss Church, CEO, Galaxy Digital

    A nonprofit’s operation often depends on the enthusiastic work of its volunteers. Whether the volunteers provide childcare, help with taxes, or sort in-kind donations, they are an integral part of many organizations.

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  • 10 Common Policy Gaps for Nonprofits Working with Vulnerable Populations

    Posted 05/04/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff (adapted from original blog from partner Plan to Protect)

    Volunteer Managers, with all the hats you wear as part of your job, it can be tempting (and understandably so!) to put off revamping the policies and practices that keep you, your organization and volunteers safe and working as efficiently as possible. But make sure you don’t give into that temptation. After all, problem areas exist in most nonprofits’ policies and practices, especially those working with vulnerable populations, so there is likely room for improvement in yours.

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    3 Top Tips for Creating Engaging Position Descriptions – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 1: Developing Position Descriptions Webinar Recap

    Posted 04/27/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    We recently hosted the first webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 1, Developing Position Descriptions, we discussed how an engaging and informative position description ensures a volunteer role is strategic, attractive, and appropriate for a volunteer. Beth Steinhorn, President of JFFixler Group, utilized various tools and a case study to illustrate how developing a strong position description can lead to success for you, your volunteers, and your nonprofit.

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  • Volunteering Mind and Body Image

    Research Says Volunteering is Good for the Mind and Body

    Posted 04/20/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director

    Attentions Volunteer Managers, volunteers, and anyone that’s ever thought they would like to get involved civically – one of the most touted benefits of volunteering in one’s local community is that it produces that joyful increase of endorphins psychologists term “happiness.”

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  • Dos- and Donts Reference Checks

    The Do’s and Don’ts of Fast, Effective Volunteer Reference Checking

    Posted 04/13/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    When you have at last found that amazing volunteer who’s eager to give back to the community, possesses several skills that will benefit your organization greatly, and has a positive, go-getter attitude you’re sure will fit in with the rest of your volunteers, you may be tempted to skip over the section of their volunteer application titled, “References.”

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    3 Questions to Guide Volunteers on their Volunteering Journey

    Posted 04/06/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    As a Volunteer Manager, you know that volunteering is important year round. But, perhaps your friends, family members, and acquaintances do not have volunteering top of mind each and every day of the year.

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