Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Trends in volunteers - how does your organization compare?

On Monday, December 7 Southwest/West Central Volunteer Connections is hosting a program at Bremer Bank in Willmar that should definitely interest leaders of volunteers. "A Time to be Bold: Engaging Volunteers in a Shifting Environment" will be presented by Mary Quirk, Volunteer Resources Leadership Project Manager.

To register for the session, click here.

Here's a preview of the topic from MAVA's newly-released report:
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has released a survey on the Status of Minnesota's Volunteer Programs in a Shifting Environment. The survey found reliance on volunteers has increased for the majority of organizations with nearly 60% reporting an increased reliance on volunteers compared to a year ago, and over 50% reporting an increase in volunteer hours of service. Organizations were experiencing changes in volunteers' interests with 44% of respondents reporting increased numbers of inquiries from potential new volunteers and 52% reporting volunteers were more likely to have strong work skills.

Respondents shared hundreds of strategies for volunteer programs to respond to the current times. The survey included responses of 280 Minnesota nonprofit and governmental organizations.

The goal of the survey is to help leaders of volunteers capitalize on their organization's volunteer resources by seeing how their experiences in the changing times compare to overall trends and to share strategies for responding to changes. For the full survey report, go to

Posted by Lois Schmidt
NRS, Willmar Charter

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