CORNERSTONES A presentation by Seminar D Volunteerism
Volunteer Fairfax Mission: “Mobilize people and resources to meet regional community needs” Connect volunteers to non-profit organizations for service and donations
Partnering with Volunteer Fairfax Research Questions What do area non-profit organizations need from a volunteer center? Are these organizations aware of Volunteer Fairfax and what it does? Our Purpose Raise awareness of Volunteer Fairfax and volunteerism altogether Find ways to improve the effectiveness of Volunteer Fairfax Receive feedback from users and potential users of Volunteer Fairfax
Literature Review Volunteers Non-profit Organizations Volunteer Centers
Volunteer Fairfax’s Non-Profit Members Research
Our Research Questions What services offered by Volunteer Fairfax are most useful for nonprofit organizations? How can Volunteer Fairfax meet the volunteering needs of nonprofit organizations?
Review method: Online Survey 13 questions over 60 recorded responses over 70 received responses.
First Major Finding Question: What types of volunteers are you aiming to recruit through Volunteer Fairfax? Majority answers: Ongoing Volunteers One time Volunteers Bilingual Volunteer Corporate groups
Second Major Finding What size groups can your volunteer needs accommodate?
Third Major Finding How frequently have you used the following Volunteer Fairfax services in the past year? Most are either unaware or never/rarely use the services
Recommendations Develop and improve the services that most nonprofits use. Raise awareness of services and their benefits using effective means of communication. many nonprofit members do not even use the recruiting services but mostly use networking. On the Volunteer Fairfax website, it may be useful to include a section with posts of recent additions and updates to the services
Research of Organizations not Affiliated with Volunteer Fairfax
Our Method Surveying non-affiliated Volunteer Fairfax organizations Used a selective sampling for choosing organizations Used a list from Volunteer Fairfax that had all of the organizations that either Volunteer Fairfax had contacted or organizations that had started signing up with them and never finished
The Survey Questions Worked with Volunteer Fairfax to develop questions that would be relevant for them Questions went through numerous editing stages so that they provided the most information and were easy to organize Gather information such as annual budget, volunteer size, organization’s needs, etc.
The Findings Three major points: Organization’s annual budget compared to their volunteer size Have organizations heard of Volunteer Fairfax and how What types of volunteers are organizations looking for
Annual Budget Compared toVolunteer Size Might be helpful for Volunteer Fairfax to look at an organization’s budget and see how it effects their volunteer intake Useful to see what types of organizations are dominate in the area, thus cater to them more
Have Organizations Heard of VF, and through what means? Help determine if there is an awareness of Volunteer Fairfax in the community What types of advertisement are working and which ones are not? Determine what types of advertisement they need to improve
Types of VolunteersOrganizations Need Determine which types of volunteers are needed most in the community Help Volunteer Fairfax cater towards other organizations needs Which programs are working for Volunteer Fairfax and which are not?
Focus Group: Qualitative ResearchGoing Beyond the Numbers Qualitative Research: a personal approach of collecting data, receiving the “why” instead of the “what” from our subjects Turnout: more than anticipated; eagerness to volunteer “Quality” over “quantity”
Categories of Discussion Volunteering as a Lifestyle Volunteer Usage Technology What the people need What Volunteer Fairfax provides What Volunteer Fairfax does not provide Group work. (2010). [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.groupworks.net/focusgroups.html