Sterling Volunteers is Proud to be Partnering with Hands On Atlanta

Posted Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter, you know that our team at Sterling Volunteers attended the 2014 Points of Light Service Unites Conference on Volunteering and Service last week. It was a valuable opportunity to hear from experts in the service sector and connect with amazing organizations around the country.

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Three Tips for Creating a Positive Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding Experience

Posted Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We’ve previously offered tips for onboarding volunteers and discussed how onboarding can help create a good relationship between volunteers and an organization, improve volunteer performance and boost retention. By creating a solid process for volunteer recruitment and assimilation, managers can ensure that volunteers feel ready and prepared for service, and organizations benefit from gaining well-trained volunteers who are qualified and committed to service.

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Managing Volunteers: What to Do When a Volunteer Isn’t Working Out

Posted Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

The majority of volunteers are generous, trustworthy individuals who bring tremendous value to the nonprofit organizations they serve. Occasionally, however, volunteer managers are faced with a volunteer who fails to meet his or her responsibilities or who causes problems for the organization. Perhaps the volunteer is a repeat absentee  or instigates conflict with staff or other volunteers. Maybe it’s something more serious that could reflect poorly on the organization. What should a volunteer manager do when a volunteer just isn’t working out?

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Service Sector Snapshot: News and Tips for Nonprofits (June 2014)

Posted Saturday, June 7th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

In an effort to continually share relevant content that can be implemented by you and your volunteer team, we’re kicking off a new monthly series entitled, “Service Sector Snapshot.” These posts will serve as an informational round-up of nonprofit news, tips and resources. Because we’re collecting these in one convenient spot that you can browse and review as time permits, you’ll save time while  adding value to what you do every day.

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Four Barriers to Volunteering and How to Remove Them

Posted Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, one in four Americans (26.5%) volunteered their time to give back to their community in 2012. However, a news release published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the volunteer rate dropped in 2013; in fact, it was the lowest it has been since they began keeping record in 2002. This is a cause for concern for nonprofit organizations. It also begs the question: what specifically prevents people from volunteering and what can organizations do to move past these barriers?

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