All volunteers bring skills to an organization, but some volunteers bring experience, credentials, or specific skills that are not available in the general population. The following presentation and handouts are designed to help your organization think strategically about using highly skilled volunteers and to design volunteer opportunities that will be successful for both your agency and the volunteer.
For Nonprofits: Engaging Skills-Based Volunteers
501 Commons Executive Director Nancy Long made this presentation at a training for nonprofits sponsored by the United Way of Kitsap County:
- Video 1: Why Should Nonprofits Engage Skills-Based Volunteers?
- Video 2: Recruiting and selecting skilled volunteers
- Video 3: Successfully matching skilled volunteers
- Presentation slides on engaging volunteers in skills-based roles
- Download the readiness assessment
- Download the presentation exercise handout
There is also this recorded one-hour webinar on engaging skilled volunteers.
Need help creating volunteer descriptions for skilled volunteers? Take a look at the Taproot Plus Common Pro Bono Projects Catalog, or other opportunities posted via Catchafire, a skills based volunteer matching program.