TOP 10 TIPS FOR ORGANIZING A CORPORATE VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Contact the Volunteer Center. We’ll be able to connect you with many agencies in need of volunteers.
- Understand the needs of the non-profit you want to help, and how you can add value. Also understand how they can contribute to your goals.
- Allow plenty of lead time when looking to plan a volunteer project with an agency. The agency will need time to identify a meaningful project and organize their staff. A minimum of one month is usually best.
- Set realistic expectations with regard to volunteer recruitment. Take into consideration the culture of your company, etc. so that you can provide the number of volunteers that you commit to.
- Less is sometimes more. Don’t assume that a small group of volunteers will not be effective. Many agencies are happy to accommodate small groups of volunteers. Most agencies can handle a maximum of 20 volunteers per site. Some can accommodate only 5 volunteers, and a few can handle between 40 – 70 volunteers in one location.
- If possible, establish continuous lines of communication and outreach. Avoid connecting only around the time of a big event.
- Some non-profits may have extremely limited resources. Even an agency that you have a strong relationship with may find it difficult to organize a volunteer project if there is very little, or no, money for supplies.
- Think about the strengths, area of expertise, or resources you can share with current or potential agency partners. (i.e. specific employee skills, pro bono services, meeting space, in-kind donations of computers or other useful items, etc.).
- When choosing dates for your volunteer activities consult your agency partners first to find out when their greatest needs are.
- Be flexible and open to ideas. Being willing to share your own ideas.
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