Strong volunteer programs begin with strong leaders

Headshot - circleIF YOU are a leader of volunteers – and you care about running a quality program in a resource-challenged nonprofit world, then you are in the right place.

I’m Elisa, and I created Twenty Hats to provide volunteer managers like you with the skills you need to overcome tough challenges – and accomplish more for your program without adding hours to your day.

That’s why my coaching, courses, and retreats give you a personalized training experience. This is not the place for off-the-shelf learning. Plan on applying each new skill to your own workplace situation.

Leading a volunteer program is more than just a job – it’s a rewarding, purpose-driven professionif you are trained in best practices and supported to keep growing.

Let’s make your professional experience as fulfilling as possible!

 

Guest Post: Are we selling ourselves short?

It’s harder than ever to recruit long term volunteers. Does that mean we need to lower our standards?  Guest blogger Laura Rundell wants more conversation around the question. Please weigh in!

At many of the meetings I go to, in the blogs I read, and when I talk with my colleagues, I find that many of us struggle with recruiting enough volunteers to meet our agencies’ needs. The trend seems to be that fewer people are making a long term commitment to volunteering. It is harder for agencies that rely on volunteers to find the folks who are able to make an ongoing commitment. Many agencies report that volunteers are looking for short term, casual ways of volunteering.

Tobi Johnson’s excellent survey of volunteer managers shows that most of us anticipate that the need for volunteers will increase, yet there doesn’t seem to be a corresponding increase in the number of people looking to make an extensive commitment.

If we don’t adapt to these changing trends, are we shooting ourselves in the foot? If we aren’t able to offer the sort of volunteer roles that people seem to be seeking, are we missing the opportunity to engage them in our agency? Read more…