9 Tips for Launching a Skills-Based Volunteering Program

Posted Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We recently wrote about some of the ways skills-based volunteering benefits nonprofit organizations. Pro bono volunteers bring professional experience that can help organizations maximize their resources, improve their programs, and accomplish specialized projects. Volunteers also tend to get more enjoyment and fulfillment from working on projects that fit their interests and talents, which can lead to higher volunteer satisfaction and retention.

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Managing Volunteers: Four Tips to Keep Volunteers Coming Back

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

If your organization works with volunteers, you know how essential they are to your success. It’s not just the day-to-day impact that volunteers have, it’s also their ability to be advocates and connectors between you and the communities you serve. Whether you manage volunteers or you work with them indirectly, it’s vital that they know they are appreciated and feel that their time truly makes a difference.

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Sterling Volunteers Partners with HandsOn Greater Richmond

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

It’s been an exciting and busy few months for our team as we’ve rolled out the Sterling Volunteers platform in close to a dozen regions including Jacksonville, Denver, Houston – and most recently Richmond, Virginia. HandsOn Greater Richmond is the local HandsOn Network affiliate for the Richmond metro area. With this new partnership, hundreds of organizations within the Greater Richmond region now have access to shareable, standardized background screens, making it easier than ever to onboard volunteers.

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Five Volunteer Retention Mistakes to Avoid

Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We know that volunteers bring immeasurable value to the organizations they serve by donating their time and skill-sets. According to IndependentSector.org, each hour volunteered in 2012 was worth $22.14. Since volunteers are so valuable, it’s essential to do everything in your power to maintain a positive and engaged relationship with each one that takes part in your program.  This will help you increase volunteer retention. With better retention, you will enjoy lower costs for recruitment and training, which means more funds, can be allocated to other aspects of your program.

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National Volunteer Week: Celebrating Volunteers and Inspiring Service

Posted Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

In 2012, 64.5 million Americans spent almost 7.9 billion hours volunteering with nonprofit organizations with the goal of helping to better their communities. Volunteering has been growing at a steady clip over the past few decades. In order to honor the many Americans that volunteer and inspire people nationwide to get involved in service, National Volunteer Week was started in 1974.

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Skills-Based Volunteering Can Benefit Your Organization. Here’s How.

Posted Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Imagine this: A new volunteer shows up at a nonprofit organization feeling excited and ready to make a difference in the world. Grateful for the help, the volunteer manager has the volunteer stuff 500 envelopes with a fundraising letter, and then asks her to assist with data entry for three hours. The volunteer seems happy to help, does the job well … and never shows up again. What happened?

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