(2006) Volunteers & the Web: Merging Two Resources


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(2006) Volunteers & the Web: Merging Two Resources

  1. 1. Volunteers & the Web: Merging Two Resources
  2. 2. Super Quick Overview <ul><li>Participant Intros </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering by the numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Web as Operational: E-Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>E-Volunteers-Examples </li></ul><ul><li>E-Volunteers-Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Web for Promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Web for Logistics </li></ul>DISCUSSION
  3. 3. Who Am I? Why Am I Here? [Hint : Trick Question!]
  4. 4. Devendra Shrikhande [blah…blah}
  5. 5. Introductions <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Role </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Engagement (on and offline) </li></ul><ul><li>Session “Takeaway” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Volunteering Some Statistics
  7. 7. Trends & Highlights <ul><li>Slightly more than 65 million volunteered in the US (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>While numbers increase, rate remained constant at 28.8% from 2003-05 </li></ul><ul><li>Women volunteered at a higher rate than men. Married more than unmarried (2005) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Where They Volunteer <ul><li>Greatest percentage through religious organizations (34.8%) </li></ul><ul><li>Over a quarter donated time to educational or youth service organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Around 13.4% to social or community service </li></ul>
  9. 9. Volunteer Activities <ul><li>Over a third coach, referee, tutor, teach or mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising or selling items second most popular (nearly 30%) </li></ul><ul><li>Third most popular: collecting, preparing, distributing or serving food </li></ul>
  10. 10. Challenges to Mobilization <ul><li>Insufficient staff time for volunteer management </li></ul><ul><li>Not adopting volunteer management practices </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting volunteers for the traditional work day </li></ul><ul><li>Finding matching volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Finding specialists </li></ul>
  11. 11. Stuff the Envelopes <ul><li>Volunteers (baby boomers) are </li></ul><ul><li>more educated </li></ul><ul><li>driven </li></ul><ul><li>plan to keep working later in life </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 38 million volunteers did not not show up (2005) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Similar to the New Philanthropy <ul><li>Volunteers are looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible hours </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership roles </li></ul><ul><li>Tapping individual skills </li></ul><ul><li>Making a difference </li></ul>
  13. 13. Web and Volunteering <ul><li>Primary Roles </li></ul><ul><li>Operational </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics </li></ul>
  14. 14. E-Volunteers <ul><li>Not ONLY via the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>May be a combination of onsite and online tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer interacts with clients online (chats) but meets regularly with staff or exchanges email with client and then meets in person </li></ul>
  15. 15. E-Volunteering: Types <ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Contact </li></ul>
  16. 16. E-Volunteers: Types <ul><li>Technical Assistance A) Online Research - grants, newsletter articles B) Professional Consulting Expertise - accounting or legal questions, strategic plans C) Advocacy Assistance - participating in online communities, tracking legislation D) Translation E) Websites or Multimedia F) Writing </li></ul>
  17. 17. E-Volunteers: Types <ul><li>Direct Contact A) Electronically Visit Clients - with homebound patients, may also visit in person B) Online Mentoring and Instruction - assist students or adult learners C) Online Community Participation - supervise or moderate an online communities </li></ul>
  18. 18. E-Volunteers: Examples <ul><li>Caitran Murphy - Key Farmers Cameroon Built website: http://www.keyfarmers.org </li></ul>
  19. 19. E-Volunteers: Examples <ul><li>Senior Volunteers – Elder Wisdom Circle Offer advice online: http://www.elderwisdomcircle.org/ </li></ul>
  20. 20. E-Volunteers: Examples <ul><li>Volunteers – Refugee Education Sponsorship Program Connects refugee schoolchildren in African and Asia with counterparts in the US and Canada: http://www.respectrefugees.org/ </li></ul>
  21. 21. E-Volunteers: Examples <ul><li>Volunteers – Twangfest Online to Offline: http://www.twangfest.org/ </li></ul>
  22. 22. E-Volunteering: Is Your Institution Ready? <ul><li>Established Volunteer Program </li></ul><ul><li>Staff familiar working with volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Same person coordinates offline and online volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Organization is “web-ready” - regular and prompt email communication </li></ul>
  23. 23. E-Volunteering: Be A Champion <ul><li>Provide vision - educate </li></ul><ul><li>Program advocate – constant promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Have your own e-volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Become the resident expert </li></ul><ul><li>Do not force – success will recruit </li></ul>
  24. 24. E-Volunteering: Nuts & Bolts <ul><li>Prepare a written plan </li></ul><ul><li>Executive-level support </li></ul><ul><li>Build a resource base </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct in-house training </li></ul><ul><li>Modify policies to accommodate online volunteer behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Start with core mission projects </li></ul><ul><li>Patience! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Web – Promotional Tool <ul><li>Communicating volunteer opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Tapping quality volunteers. </li></ul><ul><li>External resources </li></ul><ul><li>Internally through your own channels </li></ul>
  26. 26. Web – Promotion: External resources <ul><li>VolunteerMatch: http://www.volunteermatch.org Rich resource for nonprofits and volunteers </li></ul>
  27. 27. Web – Promotion: External resources <ul><li>UNOV: http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/ United Nations Online Volunteering Service </li></ul>
  28. 28. Web – Promotion: Internal resources <ul><li>Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitat.org/ Prominent profile </li></ul>
  29. 29. Web – Promotion: Internal resources <ul><li>Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitat.org/ Celebrate - Stories </li></ul>
  30. 30. Web – Promotion: Internal resources <ul><li>Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitat.org/ Celebrate – Images/Video </li></ul>
  31. 31. Web – Logistics Tool <ul><li>Recruiting and Records </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 hours: http://www.10000hours.org </li></ul><ul><li>Sign Up and Logs </li></ul>
  32. 32. E-Volunteers – Myths <ul><li>http://www.coyotecommunications.com/volunteer/ovmyths.html </li></ul><ul><li>Take less volunteer time </li></ul><ul><li>Only for distance volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly young, affluent volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>For shy, introverts </li></ul><ul><li>It is impersonal </li></ul><ul><li>Online volunteering is a new concept </li></ul>
  33. 33. How Big Can This Get? <ul><li>Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org/ </li></ul>
  34. 34. THINK BIG start small
  35. 35. ??? Devendra Shrikhande [email_address]