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According to the Millennial Impact Project, episodic volunteerism is increasing in popularity as our younger generations look for ways to share their wealth across many different causes and passion areas. Businesses and other associations are always looking for team-building activities that give back to their local communities as part of their corporate social responsibility programs. Finding ways to bring short-term volunteers into your nonprofit can be tough, especially if your organization relies heavily on training or extensive screening mechanisms to ensure long-term commitments.
Engaging, worthwhile experiences are not too difficult to develop and you never know who might come through your doors. Some organizations have received legacy donations and major gifts as a result of a well-executed one-time volunteer event. The best part: You don’t need a fully staffed volunteer program to make this work. Start planning now and your organization can begin to tap into the wealth of knowledge and skill available in short-term volunteer opportunities.
Here are six questions to ask your organization before embracing episodic volunteer opportunities.
Episodic volunteer opportunities are a great way to engage with new audiences. By answering these questions while creating your volunteer opportunities, your nonprofit will be well on its way towards embracing episodic volunteers.
Samantha Wessel is a volunteer coordinator for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Wessel grew up in Arizona but began her journey as a nonprofit professional in 2014 in Massachusetts. She works hard to improve the quality of life for animals every day at a local shelter in Arizona.