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Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
Single Days of Service: Make it Work
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Single Days of Service: Make it Work

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Volunteer engagement is changing. More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this …

Volunteer engagement is changing. More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers?
This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

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  • 3. 3Agenda• Discuss trends and influences in single days of service• Identify models and potential opportunities forengagement• Review structure and systems for successful volunteerengagement and ongoing communication• Communication plan for participation in single days ofservice
  • 4. 4OutcomesAt the end of this presentation you will be able to• Identify engagement models and opportunities in yourorganization• Determine if single days of service are a good fit for yourorganization• Develop systems and records for single day/eventvolunteers• Create communication plan for event volunteers,leadership, staff, existing volunteers
  • 5. 5Trends in Single Days ofServiceThe trends are being influenced in a variety of ways.• Government– MLK Day, Summer of Service, Serve.gov, Serve America Act• Cause areas– National nonprofits – American Cancer Society Relay for Life,Corporate cause – Allstate Beyond February• Demand for short term, high impact, group opportunities– Coworkers, families, communities, faith based groups– Holiday participation – Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day
  • 6. 6Models and Opportunities for EngagementSingle days of service, large or small, need to relate to yourprogram, mission and the community you serve.• Ongoing program work on a large scale– For example: food preparation, trail maintenance, pet adoptiondays• One time or annual reoccurring opportunity– Special event – fundraiser, facility clean up – landscaping
  • 7. 7Creating Successful OpportunitiesSuccessful single days of service are related to yourmission, and are• Easily explained and structured simply– Requires minimal training• Able to be accomplished by variety of volunteers– Skill and age levels, diverse backgrounds and cultures• High impact– Measurable outcomes• Provide pathways for further volunteer engagement
  • 8. 8Successful Structures and SystemsCultivating participation and commitment beyond a singleday of service• Volunteer application– Beyond basic information: communication preferences, skills,interests, group affiliation• Opportunity for leadership roles• Impacts and outcome– Measurable impacts– Hours tracking - how many people, for how long– Work accomplished, follow up photos and reports– Good use of social media
  • 9. 9Communication with VolunteersSuccessful single days of service depend on constant andclear communication.• Before– Build/create commitment, ensure volunteers show up• The day of– Build the team, orient the team, convey the work, answer thequestions, create the context – the reason why• Beyond– Mission, impact/outcomes, “Thank You”, pathway to furtherinvolvement, social media
  • 10. 10Communicating with Your OrganizationThe goal for your communication plan is to create buy inand clear understanding of everyone’s role in thesuccess of the day.• Develop a plan for engaging volunteers in a single dayevent– Use models and project goals• Articulate leadership roles for staff and volunteers– In advance, during and after• Outline recruitment and communication plan– Before, during and after single day event
  • 11. 11The Big QuestionIs a single day of service right for your organization?If yes, go back to the first slide and start planning.If no, use these slides to make your case to not pursue asingle day of service engagement model at this time orto identify the pieces that are missing to make the eventa success.
  • 12. 12ResourcesLearning CenterFind upcoming webinar dates, how-to videos and morehttp://learn.volunteermatch.orgVolunteerMatch CommunityAsk and answer questions after the webinar – use keywords Single Days of Servicehttp://community.volunteermatch.org/volunteerUpcoming Related Webinar Topics:•Walking the Walk: Engaging Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program•Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job•Where Do I Go From Here? Evolving your Volunteer Program for MoreInvolvement
  • 13. 13Thanks for attending!Join us online:Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VolunteerMatchFollow us on Twitter: @VolunteerMatchVisit Engaging Volunteers, our nonprofit blog:blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/For any questions contact:Jennifer Bennett(415) 321-3639@JenBennettCVAjbennett@volunteermatch.org

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