Golden Road Brewing has welcomed The Works IPA to the brewery’s Custom IPA Series, a seasonally rotating collection of hopforward beers. For each Custom IPA, Golden Road teams up with a local nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of Los Angeles. For this limited edition fall release, a portion of proceeds will directly benefit L.A. Works, Southern California’s largest volunteer network.
“I met Bob Johnson, Chairman of the Board for L.A. Works, years ago and was inspired by his natural leadership skills and his passion for Los Angeles,” said Tony Yanow, cofounder of Golden Road Brewing. “He has been leading people and changing lives for 25 years by connecting likeminded individuals with the chance to create positive change in their communities. The opportunity to support him and the people in his organization was an obvious choice for our fall Custom IPA release.”
Following in the footsteps of 2020 IPA and Heal the Bay IPA, Golden Road’s latest philanthropic IPA is a tribute to the thousands of people who make Los Angeles great. “When dreaming up the hop blend for The Works IPA, we practiced the same spirit of teamwork L.A. Works brings to improving Los Angeles,” said Meg Gill, cofounder of Golden Road Brewing. “By integrating lesser known hop varietals with Equinox and tons of Mosaic, each sip is a celebration of individual flavor profiles working together for a taste that is 100% Los Angeles.”
Since 1991, L.A. Works has worked tirelessly to increase volunteer participation in community service projects while educating and encouraging people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.
“L.A. Works and Golden Road Brewery is a match made in hops heaven; both organizations believe in inspiring greater civic engagement,” said Bob L. Johnson, Board Chairman and Co-Founder of L.A. Works. “When people enjoy a can of The Works IPA, my hope is they’ll think about how to pass on some of that happiness to their neighbors in need.”
“Angelenos are busy people – we work and play hard,” said Deborah Brutchey, Executive Director of L.A. Works. “Getting the L.A. Works message to people during their downtime will give them the chance to find out how easy it is to make service a meaningful part of their lives, whether they have 30 minutes or 30 days to share.”
The Works IPA will be tapped at the Pub at Golden Road on September 3, and is available on draught and in cans at local retailers like Trader Joes and Whole Foods throughout the market in early September.
L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Founded in 1991, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.
Position Overview: The Warehouse Coordinator is an important member of our Corporate Engagement Program team and reports to the Senior Special Events Coordinator. The Corporate Engagement team organizes hands on service projects for corporate partners and Day of Service events for community volunteers. Working with the Senior Special Events Coordinator, the Warehouse Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the warehouse and project supplies. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.
Clean and organize a small warehouse of light construction equipment and volunteer event project supplies. Keep the warehouse safe for other staff members.
Maintain an accurate warehouse inventory, reassessing supplies after each event.
Communicate what supplies need to be ordered before upcoming events.
Ensure all event project supplies are at the project site the day of the event.
Attend events and lead volunteers through projects.
Load and unload event equipment as directed.
Pick up supply orders and make deliveries when needed.
Submit receipts for event supplies in a timely manner.
Self-starter who can work independently.
Experience as a handyman and/or working in a warehouse.
Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Valid CA Driver’s License and a good driving record.
Clean background check.
Hours and Compensation: This is a part-time position 10 hours per weekly, with up to 60 additional hours per month of paid time available, dependent on monthly event schedule. Some Saturdays required. $12/hour.
L.A. River Center & Gardens
570 West Avenue 26, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Application Procedure: Email a resume, responses to the following questions, and references to HR2@laworks.com with the subject line “Warehouse Coordinator”.
Why are you interested in working for L.A. Works?
Why do you think you would be a good fit for this role?
Give an example of when you have had to work under pressure
Position Overview: In collaboration with the Director of Programs, the MusicWorks Program Coordinator will develop program plans, oversee the launch of MusicWorks, and be responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of the program. This candidate should be an excellent program manager, passionate about service and the arts, entrepreneurial, and highly organized. The ideal candidate will be someone that is knowledgeable about the music industry, and have a network or understanding of how to recruit volunteers with diverse expertise including professional musicians, composers, song writers, producers, engineers, etc. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.
Survey existing volunteer music programs to avoid duplication and identify best practices;
Identify appropriate guest speaker roles for skilled music volunteers;
Develop marketing collateral;
Create and disseminate monthly e-newsletter.
Cultivate strategic nonprofit and community relationships;
Recruit, train (as appropriate) and place music industry volunteers;
Provide timely, accurate, and well-articulated quarterly and annual reports; and
Maintain proficiency in CRM database (Salesforce) for efficient tracking, reporting, record keeping and data management.
Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible management experience;
Music industry or arts experience;
Strong communications skills; self-starter who can multi-task;
Experience managing staff and volunteers;
Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector;
A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities;
Professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
Comfortable delivering presentations and guiding a room of participants;
Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
Ability to be creative and resourceful to develop new, unique programs and initiatives;
Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented nature; and
Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment.
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
Valid driver’s license;
Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
Some evening and weekend commitments;
Experience with Salesforce, a plus;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is the largest volunteer network in LA and a national leader in the community service movement. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center, we create, manage, and implement hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.
About MusicWorks: MusicWorks is a new volunteer initiative aimed at matching music industry professionals with local school age youth in nonprofit music programs such as: Sound Art, Little Kids Rock, PS Arts, and others. MusicWorks will take advantage of Los Angeles’ position as a leading force in the music industry to help bridge the gap in music education resulting from drastic budget cuts in arts education programs in Los Angeles public schools.
Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Programs.
This position will be suitable for someone available 25 – 40 hours/week. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, skills, and recent salary history to HR1@laworks.com.
RSVP Outreach Coordinator Position Overview: The RSVP Outreach Coordinator will seek out, engage and recruit new volunteer members to help build this special program providing volunteer and social opportunities for active adults age 55+ in Los Angeles County. This position requires a Coordinator who is passionate about mobilizing older adults in service and excited to present to and connect with a broad array of communities throughout Los Angeles. The ideal candidate will need to be entrepreneurial, an excellent communicator, energetic, and highly organized. This individual should be knowledgeable on aging issues and opportunities. In collaboration with the Director of Special Programs and RSVP team, this position will help increase RSVP membership, and ensure expected outcomes are achieved. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to workplace diversity.
Actively conduct outreach to community organizations, continuting education programs, gyms, clubs, libraries, and centers for older adults;
Register individuals age 55+ for RSVP membership and help connect members to ongoing volunteer opportunities;
Utilize all Corporation for National and Community Service and L.A. Works website, collateral and resources;
Work closely with RSVP team to maximize outreach impact;
Maintain clear, current and accurate records in salesforce;
Work within existing budget to develop dynamic and inspiring outreach presentation materials;
Participate in L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service;
Think and act creatively and professionally to build and maintain an enriching volunteer program for the active older adult community throughout Los Angeles County.
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
Personal cell phone;
Access to personal car for regular travel throughout Los Angeles County;
Valid driver’s license; comfortable with driving a van or large vehicle for supply delivery and pick-up;
Some evening and weekend commitments; and
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With nearly 25 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community. L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people age 55 and above. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a part of the larger Senior Corps initiative, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been an invaluable resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy. L.A. Works has received a three year renewable grant to develop a strong Los Angeles RSVP program. Building on the foundation of existing programming and relationships L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, this new program will more than double the volunteer resources L.A. Works provides to the greater Los Angeles region.
Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Special Programs. This is a 20-hours/week, flexible position.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills to HR@laworks.com.
As our state’s drought now stretches into a fourth year, L.A. Works is looking for ways to increase awareness and conservation efforts among our volunteer and nonprofit community. I recently joined a site visit with the Metropolitan Water District to see for myself just what our water supplies look like.
Metropolitan provides water to 19 million people in 6 counties of southern California, and uses a variety of aqueducts, canals and reservoirs to maintain our access to it. Due to the drought and lack of conservation, our supply is alarmingly low. What a wake up call!
An artificial lake in the eastern part of the county intended as an emergency reserve is now regularly accessed to meet needs, and reduced by 60%.
But extensive droughts are not a new phenomenon either in California, or other parts of our planet. Australia recently experienced a severe water crisis lasting over 10 years, but managed to drastically shift their usage and adapted to the new normal. While our massive population in Los Angeles County currently requires us to import huge quantities of water to survive (our population is 10 million but local water sources only provide an adequate supply to about 250,000 people), there are tremendous opportunities for all of us to become much more active, and effective in our water conservation.
Here are a few lessons and easy steps that I learned on this Metropolitan Water District trip to make a difference in water conservation:
1. Change out those old appliances for water-friendly new ones. Check out the many rebates and programs to help save water, and save money: http://www.bewaterwise.com/
2. Take the 3-5 minute shower. And get a low-flow shower head. Adapt.
3. Swap your thirsty and expensive lawn and landscaping for native plants and tress. They’ll do just fine and you’ll save money and water.
4. Take the “Dirty Car Pledge”. What’s wrong with a little dust? Do your part and make a difference. https://lawaterkeeper.org/dirtyforthedrought/
Share your success stories! Post, blog and tweet about what you’re doing to conserve water. #LAWorksSavesWaterNow
Steve Gratwick, LCSW
Director of Special Programs
L.A. Works www.laworks.com
Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
Los Angeles is a hub for innovation and creativity. We have brilliant entrepreneurs, passionate changemakers, amazing cultural institutions, and cutting edge universities. As with most major cities, however, Los Angeles is a series of contradictions. Along with great wealth; incredible weather; and fabulous cuisine – Los Angeles has a rapidly growing homeless population and serious income inequality that affects the quality of life for thousands of residents. As the largest volunteer action center in Los Angeles, LA Works’ mission is to help bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots. We do so by
Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
making it easy to volunteer and help others. We also help Angelenos understand important social issues affecting our community.
On June 2nd LA Work’s co-founders Bob Johnson and Donna Bojarsky unveiled a new civic initiative: Future of Cities: Leading in LA. The initiative seeks to raise public awareness and create a higher level of civic engagement and responsibility among leaders in LA. A standing room VIP crowd gathered at the home of philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker, to hear: LACMA’s Michael Govan; The California Endowment’s Robert K. Ross;Los Angeles Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Mary Melton; Director of the
Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Dr. William Deverell; Zócalo Founderand Publisher, Gregory Rodriguez, and others discuss the unique character, challenges, and opportunities facing Los Angeles. L.A. Works is a leading Community Partner of the Future of Cities initiative. Here’s how you can help. Los Angeles ranks 45th among the top 51 U.S. cities in volunteerism. Service to others is an important form of civic engagement. It helps make Los Angeles a livable city for all of us.
Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, (Moby, Eric Kressler, Bob Johnson). Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Michael Govan, David Ryu (Councilman-Elect). Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
*Introducing a monthly opinion article from the Chair of our Board of Directors and other select guests.
Los Angeles, arguably – leads the nation in imagination. Certainly, if not the undisputed leader in creative capital, it’s in the running. Our identity, civic pride, our bragging rights are based in large part on our cultural bona fides. Film, television, music, tech, diversity, weather, our otherness … gives us cache’ and a mystique the world over. It makes Los Angeles sexy and to some a desirable, if not enviable place to be. Of course, it’s all subjective and borderline absurd. A civic conceit that’s much too elusive to prove. More importantly, who cares? I do. Here’s why.
I love Los Angeles. Earthquakes, income inequality, drought, housing shortages, police challenges, and maddening traffic aside, Los Angeles is the place to be. You may disagree, but this is my opinion piece and I think Los Angeles is dope. No, I’m not high and I’m not delusional. I’m also not giving the city, myself, or you a pass. We live in a city where only 1 out 10 Angeleno’s voted in the last city-wide election. Apparently, we think our input is insignificant on how our dollars are spent, or what issues are prioritized. I guess it means we’re cool with families living under freeways overpasses; and we’ll deal with this “living wage” stuff when it becomes our reality. Do our kids, despite where they live, really need green space and arts education to lead robust, healthy lives?
So what if getting from point A to point B is a cardiac arrest inducing adventure. It’s LA. All good. Should we pause on the fact that the number of people in Los Angeles who volunteer (20%) to help others ranks Los Angeles 45 out of the top 51 cities in the United States? Cool huh? We still have the Grammys, Oscars the Emmys … BET Awards. I’m dreaming of a different reality. I’m imagining a city that says we define cool – success – our humanity by a different standard. I’m imagining a city that volunteers. Why? Because we’re LA. We’re cool. We know that our collective quality of life is linked – from the most crowded apartment to the biggest mansions. We simply can’t imagine it would be any other way. www.laworks.com = Volunteer. Join the party.
Bob Johnson is the Co-Founder of L.A. Works and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is an entertainment attorney and longtime volunteer. The opinions expressed are his alone and not L.A. Works.
On Saturday May 30th, L.A. Works kicked off its inaugural Harvey Milk Day of Service. One of L.A. Works’ Signature Days of Service, the event celebrated the slain civil rights leader who was the first openly gay individual to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978.
To inaugurate this Day of Service two service sites were selected, community art centers that dually operate as a civic space for public dialogue and hosts neighborhood group meetings. As cultural spaces that operate on limited resources, both community partners do not have a budget for beautification or facility improvements. Beautification projects gave a much deserved face lift to these local institutions that foster community connections, pride and learning.
In collaboration with The William Grant Still Arts Center (Mid-City, West Adams) and Avenue 50 Studio (East LA, Highland Park), a total of 45 inter-generational volunteers consisting of children, students and 55+, families, and a corporate group revitalized these service sites through landscaping, beautification projects and the assembly of toiletry/snack bags for homeless neighbors.
In addition to the hands-on service, L.A. Works invited volunteers to participate in a post service lunch discussion to take a moment to acknowledge past and current LGBTQ struggles and victories. For example, at the William Grant Still Arts Center, Les Wills, a local historian offered a brief presentation about Harvey Milk and significant contributions from the LGBTQ community in West Adams dating back to the first Black homeowners who organized and eventually found legal victory against housing covenants which restricted non-Caucasians from owning property in the residential pocket formerly known as Sugar Hill. While Meghan Maloney, our AmeriCorp VISTA who studied LGBTQ struggles at UCLA led a post-service discussion at Avenue 50 Studio.
2015 Harvey Milk Day of Service Community Partners- The William Grant Still Arts Center-Named after the late Dr. William Grant Still, the highly acclaimed African-American composer who lived in the West Adams neighborhood- was established in 1977 by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in cooperation with the neighborhood and local Council District 10. The community arts center is an environment that nurtures the artistic talents of all members of the community that exposes audiences to the arts and weaves the fabric of art and culture into the tapestry of everyday life. The arts and music educational programs are free, or as low-cost as possible, in order to welcome all in our community to the visual and performing arts.
Avenue 50 Studio– Is an arts presentation organization grounded in Chicano/a culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles area. The center seeks to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expression and programming that informs the surrounding community through innovative projects that connect artists, students, academics, and members of the community. Avenue 50 is committed to providing a place where the life and artistic interests of an under-served community can be made available.
About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three main service programs of AmeriCorps that connects full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life experience. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.aspThe term of service lasts for 1 year. A Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training is required for all members.
Position Overview: L.A. Works seeks a passionate, dedicated, highly motivated individual who is capable of managing L.A. Works’ nonprofit and volunteer relationships and is ready for a transformative year of growth as an AmeriCorps member. The L.A. Works Nonprofit Relations Coordinator will become familiar with the diverse organizations and volunteer opportunities throughout Los Angeles. This AmeriCorps VISTA member will help transform our nonprofit partners’ volunteer programs through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement and engagement practices. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in nonprofits or with nonprofit volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.
Develop relationships with a core group of nonprofit agencies, providing them with consultative support to assist them in identifying challenges and areas of growth in their volunteer program and guiding them through action plans to address the needs;
Meet multiple deadlines and benchmarks set by L.A. Works and the AmeriCorps grant;
Identify new, creative volunteer roles at nonprofit partner sites;
Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at the nonprofit sites;
Manage the online volunteer management and recruitment system for Community Connections with a high degree of autonomy;
Contribute to quarterly and annual grant reporting;
Serve as a community ambassador at L.A. Works events to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities;
Serve as a resource for volunteer management inquiries and recruitment efforts;
Assist with the logistics and delivery of the Service Enterprise Initiative to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations’ impact via leveraging the time and talent of volunteers; and
Participate in staff events and projects including large scale Days of Service.
Commitment and understanding of the AmeriCorps principles and values including the one year of service
Ability to adapt to the living allowance and other lifestyle challenges common for AmeriCorps members;
Comfortable and effective in a “coaching” role with nonprofit professionals;
A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
Engaging public speaker and networker with ability to connect successfully with a wide range of individuals, especially nonprofit leaders;
Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
Superior, persuasive, and proven writing and marketing capabilities;
Proficient in developing processes and procedures to track data;
Interest in nonprofit work and belief in the value of community service; and
Access to personal car for travel throughout Los Angeles County.
Valid driver’s license;
Must be at least 17 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
Some evening and weekend commitments;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;
Knowledge of databases and Google products a plus.
Duration: One-year commitment.
Application Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, June 19th @ 5 p.m. If you are interested in growing professionally within an innovative, highly respected organization through a year of service, please email a cover letter and resume to Gyasi Ross, Director of Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
L.A. Works is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to achieve its mission. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.
Volunteers can prove to be a huge benefit to your organization. Aside from providing extra hands and eyes to your projects, they offer unique perspectives that can help strengthen your organization’s mission.Here are some key components that need to be implemented to ensure successful recruitment for your volunteer program.
Identifying where exactly volunteers can contribute is one of the first steps in recruitment. Having an open dialogue with your team about incorporating a community workforce is key to building a foundation to a successful volunteer program. This conversation could include the roles volunteers can fill in, the frequency of opportunities, and the supervising staff members for the program. There will definitely be a structural change in your organization once a volunteer program is incorporated, and change can be uneasy for some. If your team is on board with recruiting volunteers, great! If some feel uneasy about the switch, then more dialogue about how your organization plans to utilize volunteers will be key. These growing pains are necessary, but will ease as you gain support in recruiting and managing volunteers in the future.
Once you’ve identified the roles and responsibilities for your volunteers take on, you can focus on writing the catchy service opportunity descriptions to find the best match. Traditionally unpopular volunteer opportunities–but still incredibly vital–such as fundraising can sound more appealing if the job descriptions are written in an engaging way. Advertising these positions will be crucial in how your recruitment pans out. Consider this: Is your organization willing to set aside a budget for posting on websites with wide reach such as idealist.org? Are there any volunteer hubs (like LAWorks.com) that offer free submissions of volunteer opportunities? Do you have a strong media presence? Is the local volunteer center at a nearby university open to recruiting volunteers for you? Dedicating a “Volunteer Now!” tab on your website is also a great way to recruit, as this is the first place people will look for these opportunities. Determine where your organization would like to find volunteers, and then use those medium to assist you with recruitment.
Deciding what sort of budget to allocate to volunteers will also be an area of conversation for successful recruitment. Your volunteer budget may include items such as food, T-shirts, and the swag items. Materials needed to complete the volunteer project will also need to be factored into this budget. Other investments to consider when proposing your volunteer budget are background checks and TB tests, especially if they will be working with youth. Your organization may not be able to cover full costs, but can partially cover some of those expenses. Additionally, your organizations may elect to refund that money back to its volunteers when they have volunteered for a specified amount of time. Ultimately, when volunteers see a marked investment in them, they will invest more into your organization.
Now that you’ve started getting some responses from interested volunteers, your organization must devote some thought into orienting the volunteers to the work at hand. Having an engaging on boarding and training curriculum in place is essential for successful recruitment. Having the volunteers understand the magnitude of their impact is key for their buy-in; they must feel that what they are doing has purpose and meaning. This includes clearly outlining the reasons for why they are volunteering, and how the opportunity will make a tangible impact. Hosting a formal orientation, followed by a detailed training of their task, is an effectiveway of having the volunteers understand your organization from a broad perspective as well develop personal relationships with people on staff or other volunteers. Including an organizational chart of staff members and what they oversee will acquaint volunteers to different aspects of the organization. A handbook/manual with contact information, the mission statement, and other essential volunteer information can help the volunteer take pride in their service.
Leadership is an indispensable aspect of volunteer recruitment and retention for both skilled and general volunteers. Skill-based volunteers require more check-ins from leadership to ensure that their skills are not being manipulated as free labor. Having them feel like they are part of the larger staff is a great way for them to feel valued and appreciated for their skill-based volunteering. With general volunteers, having a staff member as their point person–even better if it’s a volunteer coordinator–shows that the organization has a more sophisticated volunteer program. General volunteers also like the comfort of knowing that they have someone to report to; that person becomes the face of the organization for them.
The final key is retention. Recruitment is only as successful as how well an organization can retain their volunteers.Volunteer appreciations every couple of months will help them feel connected to the organization and feel like their contributions are recognized by the team. Having a database of volunteers will be the cornerstone for retention; this will be the organization’s starting point in reaching out to past volunteers. Engaging them is imperative, and can be accomplished through social media shout-outs, newsletters for upcoming events, or even mailing out personalized thank-yous. The culture surrounding volunteers will be a determining factor for recurrent volunteerism. Reflect and consider how your organization incorporates and integrates volunteers into the mission and organization.
Volunteer recruitment is normally a challenging feat. With patience, persistence, and a solid action plan, your volunteer program will soon reflect the efforts put into recruiting awesome volunteers!
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