Expand Your Network - Volunteer

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This presentation was delivered at the Career Network Ministry meeting on August 4, 2009 by Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom representing Volunteer Arlington. She was educating the group of primarily job seekers about the benefits of volunteering while unemployed and how to go about finding volunteer work that is a good match for your skills, abilities, and interests.

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Expand Your Network - Volunteer

  1. 1. Expand Your Network! - Volunteer Presentation by Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom, Volunteer Arlington
  2. 2. Mission Volunteer Arlington promotes civic engagement and active volunteer participation to meet local needs and enrich the lives of Arlingtonians.
  3. 3. Volunteer Arlington: <ul><ul><li>Connects people with opportunities to serve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builds the capacity for effective local volunteering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes volunteering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participates in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers to meet local community needs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Programs & Services <ul><ul><li>Online Volunteer Connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Resources and Outreach  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>website, Facebook, e-communications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Manager Resources  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Arlington Volunteer Roundtable, Volunteer Arlington Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Resource Center  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One on One Matching and Assistance (by appointment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disaster Volunteer Planning and Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted Outreach  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>20s/30s, Multicultural, and 50+ volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual County Government Volunteer Recognition </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why Volunteer? <ul><ul><li>Win-win situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get to know your community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn new skills, have new experiences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expand your network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve your health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a voice. Make a difference.  See an impact. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. “ The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: ‘Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.’” - Ivan Scheier
  7. 7. Volunteering and the Faith Community <ul><li>2009 Volunteering in America Study </li></ul><ul><li>  - 39% of Virginians volunteer through religious organizations </li></ul><ul><li>McLean Bible Church </li></ul><ul><li>    - Food Pantry </li></ul><ul><li>- Clothing Shop </li></ul><ul><li>- Financial Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>- Career Network </li></ul><ul><li>- City Impact </li></ul>
  8. 8. Volunteering While Job Searching <ul><li>Skills and Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Be Picky </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear and up front about what you are looking for and what you have to offer </li></ul><ul><li>    - commitment level both now and after you get paid employment </li></ul><ul><li>Share your resume and job search </li></ul><ul><li>Interview practice </li></ul><ul><li>If you have time, divide it up between a few different organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Do not over commit - you still need time to job search! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Using the Online Volunteer Connection
  10. 10. Website www.arlingtonva.us/volunteer
  11. 11. Online Volunteer Connection
  12. 12. Search You can also do an advanced search
  13. 13. Calendar Search opportunities by date
  14. 14. Arlington BoardMatch Browse Board Positions at Local Non Profits
  15. 15. Donations Hotlink Post items you have to donate or search for needed items
  16. 16. Get Connected! <ul><ul><li>Register </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a Saved Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friend us on Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to Calendar and / or opportunity feeds using a Reader </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Register Create a Volunteer Account
  18. 18. Saved Search Create a saved search based on your interests, skills, and availability
  19. 19. Connect on Facebook Friend Volunteer Arlington on Facebook to get the latest news and links
  20. 20. Subscribe to Calendar or Opportunities Use RSS feeds and a reader to subscribe
  21. 21. Thank You [email_address] 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300-B Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 228-1760

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