It continues to be an interesting time for the nonprofit sector and for AmeriCorps. With the economy continuing its struggle, we all seem to be living with a bit more of the unknown than we did a few years back. Still, there are some things we know for sure – and right at the top of that list is an increased need to serve our communities.
If that’s you, then you might think about investing in your volunteer program as one way to help meet those community needs.
Volunteers aren’t free and they never will be. It takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and expertise to run a successful volunteer program. But I don’t need to tell you that.
What I can tell you, simply, is how we may be able to help. Are you looking to start a new volunteer program and need someone to come in and set up the structures? Is your volunteer program struggling and in need of someone to update and re-energize things? If so, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Each year we partner with about 30 different organizations to help them with their volunteer programs. It takes energy on all sides and it’s no easy feat. We provide intensive training to the Volunteer Maryland Coordinators and make training available to the staff at our partner organizations. We work to conduct needs assessments, develop program structures, recruit volunteers, and evaluate everyone’s efforts. Sometimes we’re helping to start up a brand-new volunteer program. Other times we’re coming in to grease the wheels.
It takes a real investment from all parties but we know that it works when that investment is solid. It’s an investment of time, commitment, and money. An organization commits one – three hours a week to working directly with a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, plus attends mandatory trainings three times over the year and optional online trainings every other month. Add in a cash match ranging from $4,750 – $9,750, and you have a full-time person working on your volunteer program. Commit to an ongoing investment in their success and you can have a sustainable volunteer program – one that meets your increasing community needs – for years to come.
If you’re interested in thinking more about how we can help you with your volunteer program in the upcoming year, there are a few ways to learn more.
Want to learn more about what we do? Register for one of these!
- Thursday, February 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Register here.
- Thursday, March 8, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Register here.
Want to know how to submit a successful application? That’s right here!
- Thursday, February 16, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Register here.
- Tuesday, March 13, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Register here.
For the application and other supporting documents about the application process, check out our web site.
When: Monday, February 6, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
1324 Belmont Avenue, Suite 401 – Salisbury, MD 21804
When: Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Where: Prince George’s County Public Library – Hyattsville
6530 Adelphi Road – Hyattsville, MD 20782
When: Wednesday, February 8, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Maryland Nonprofits – Silver Spring Office
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 303 – Silver Spring, MD 20910
When: Thursday, February 9, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Queen Anne’s County Public Library – Kent Island Branch
200 Library Circle – Stevensville, MD 21666
PHONE AND EMAIL!
Finally, never hesitate to get in touch! Here’s our contact information.