volunteering: network, stay current and stay sane

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A presentation on the benefits of volunteer


  • 1. Volunteering Network, Stay Current and Stay Sane

2. The Need

  • Decrease in funding from grants and donations
  • Increase in number of people unemployed and in need of services
  • Increase in business costs

Christmas spirit seems to wear off fairly quickly, taking with it the tug at heart strings to give to those less fortunate. But nonprofits still have daily needs, holiday season or not.Times News Twin Falls, December 30, 2010 3. Overcoming the Misconceptions

  • I dont have time because I am too busy looking for work
  • There is no one who needs what I can give
  • It may affect my unemployment insurance

4. Too busy looking for work

  • Volunteering should complementnot replaceyour overall job search strategy
  • If you are spending 100% of your time on your own, you are missing the boat
  • Being isolated in your search will hurt you in the end

5. Who needs what I can give

  • Organizations need people with skills in:
    • Administrative/office
    • Project management
    • Customer service
    • Marketing/communications
    • Graphic design
    • Fund raising
    • Event planning
    • Business development
    • Technology: IT, web
    • Accounting
    • Shipping/receiving
    • Driving
    • Teaching/training
    • Human resources
    • Much, much more

6. Unemployment Insurance

  • To receive unemployment insurance your priority should be to seek and obtain full-time, paid work
  • You must be available to accept work if offered
  • Were you available for work?(weekly continued claim question)

7. Build your network

  • Other volunteers
  • Staff
  • Board members
  • Community leaders
  • Retirees
  • Customers

8. Build experience/keep current

  • Close employment gaps
  • Enhance a rsum with experience
  • Apply or develop skills to stay current

Barbara Balsanvolunteered at Boise RescueMission Ministries performing database management. Previous to this position she was a domestic homemaker for 20 years.Boise Rescue Mission taught her how to use the latest tools as things had changed a little since she left the workplace.She proved to be a diligent and detail-oriented worker. She now serves as their paid Administrative Assistant. 9. Facilitates good references

  • Colleagues, board members or staff can serve as strong references and provide feedback to potential employers on your performance

10. Spark interest and learning

  • Explore different occupations and industries
  • Explore other opportunities within the organization
  • Give you insight into the culture and practices of the organization

11. Boost self esteem

  • Overcome the feeling of isolation
  • Know that you are making a difference in someones life
  • Gives you perspective

12. Give back to the community Its hard to describe how much better it feels to get to the end of the day and, even, if you havent made any money, feel like you did some good for the world.Rick Overton Laid off in January 2010 from a copywriting position Volunteered with United Way of Treasure Valley Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2009 13. Can lead to paid work After excelling in working with the kids and serving as a great example of character in her volunteer position at Fort Boise Teen Center,Christina Stevenswas offered a part-time, paidposition with the Idaho Parks and Recreation. I started as a volunteer for Wishing Star Foundation when my child was a baby in 2001 and was offered the Boise Regional Director position in 2006. I love my job!!! Tracy Shaw After being laid off Joe Stanek started volunteering at the Meridian Foodbank to get out of the house. He proved his strong work ethic as a sorter and driver and was offered full-time work as a warehouse worker in November 2010. 14. Seeking Opportunities

  • Ideallyexperience should be consistent and ongoing for a period of time
  • Formal and can be tracked by an organization
  • Fits your interests and knowledge
  • Matches your target audience and makes you more marketable to potential employers

15. SERVE Idaho

  • http://serveidaho.gov

16. SERVE Idaho 17. United Way of Treasure Valley

  • http://www.unitedwaytv.org

18. United Way of Treasure Valley 19. United Way of Treasure Valley 20. Volunteer Match

  • http://www.volunteermatch.org

21. The Desire

  • Be sincere with your intentions
  • Do it for the right reasons
  • Results may be indirect and gradual

The most important thing to remember is to give your time because you want to not because you have to.Sandi Borup, Volunteer Coordinator Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services 22. Be a responsible volunteer

  • Always be on time
  • Find the right fit
  • Observe confidentiality procedures
  • Be realistic about availability and ability
  • Commit to the cause and the outcome

23. An added benefit

  • You can deduct out-of-pocket expenses associated with your volunteering
    • Mileage, gas and oil
    • Parking fees
    • Travel expenses: bus transportation, taxi fares, lodging costs, meals
    • Cost and upkeep of uniforms
  • For more information go toPublication 526, Charitable Contributions, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf

24. Conclusion

  • There is no reason why you shouldnt be volunteering
  • Benefits of volunteering
    • Build your network
    • Build experience/keep current
    • Facilitates good references
    • Spark interest and learning
    • Boost self esteem
    • Give back to the community
  • Be a responsible, committed volunteer