Research Says Volunteering is Good for the Mind and Body

Posted Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Attentions Volunteer Managers, volunteers, and anyone that’s ever thought they would like to get involved civically – one of the most touted benefits of volunteering in one’s local community is that it produces that joyful increase of endorphins psychologists term “happiness.”

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Fast, Effective Volunteer Reference Checking

Posted Thursday, April 13th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

When you have at last found that amazing volunteer who’s eager to give back to the community, possesses several skills that will benefit your organization greatly, and has a positive, go-getter attitude you’re sure will fit in with the rest of your volunteers, you may be tempted to skip over the section of their volunteer application titled, “References.”

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7 Steps to Switching your Volunteer Management Software

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

When it comes to Volunteer Management Software (VMS), it’s absolutely normal to have questions. Of course, VMS’s are a fantastic way to keep you, your nonprofit, and your volunteers organized, but adding one to your onboarding process, or transitioning to a new one that better serves your organization’s needs, takes a little work. What is the best approach to transition internally and what’s the best way to transition volunteers from the old software to the new? We’ve got the seven steps you need to take.

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Case Study: ACE Mentor Program of America

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

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The Yin and Yang of Screening and Onboarding Volunteers

Posted Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Screening and onboarding interactions are typically the volunteer candidate’s first contact with your nonprofit organization and its goal of bettering communities with the best staff available. It’s essential for both your organization and the volunteer candidate that the onboarding process is organized, efficient, and relatively fast moving. A well oiled onboarding and screening machine means the volunteer candidate starts working to fulfill your organization’s mission more quickly, and you don’t have to worry about a slow and troublesome process scaring off skilled candidates.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2017: Webinar Recap

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted 5 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2017, a webinar where we discussed the leading trends developing in background screening for nonprofits. I hosted the session, along with Christina Brown, Vice President of Client Experience, and special guest Doss Church, CEO of Galaxy Digital.

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Why Some Nonprofits Resist Background Screening

Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

If you asked a Volunteer Manager, “Do you want to keep yourself, your volunteers and your organization more secure?” you would probably guess the universal answer would be a resounding “Yes!” Who doesn’t want peace of mind that the volunteer they are investing time, money, trust and responsibility into is a safe bet?

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