Can a nonprofit transform the way it attracts and utilizes volunteers? Volunteer service is a valuable strategy for community engagement, but traditional volunteer programs in libraries of all sizes need to be redesigned to work with today’s volunteers – many of whom have limited time to give and expect to have their expertise put to good use. Does your Friends group need assistance in graphic design, technology, social media, event planning, leadership, or public relations? How does an organization design roles for volunteers with new skillsets and where do you begin to look for people to fill these positions?
Reaching volunteers as vastly different as Baby Boomers and Millennials is challenging, but both groups want to make an impact. Discover new approaches to recruit volunteers that are reshaping other nonprofits such as online recruitment and using virtual volunteers to work remotely on library projects. See how these changes can have an impact on your organization and help the Friends succeed in their mission.
After the webinar, attendees will be able to: Identify current trends that require a shift in traditional volunteer management practices; Inventory their organization’s needs that can be met by the expertise and skills of new volunteers; Design effective job descriptions establishing explicit expectations of training, investment of time, and clearly delineated tasks; Prepare an achievable recruitment plan to locate skilled volunteers to meet the organization’s needs
Carla Lehn began her career as a VISTA volunteer and, after receiving a Masters in Community Development from the University of California, Davis, worked for United Way for over a decade. Before joining the California State Library staff in 2001 to work on statewide literacy, volunteerism, and community engagement initiatives, she was a private consultant on volunteer engagement, board development, and community collaboration. Carla’s most recent book, From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping Into the Power of Community Engagement, was published by Libraries Unlimited in June 2018. Since her December 2015 retirement, Carla has returned to consulting and traveling and actively volunteers.