All nonprofits rely on volunteers to accomplish the work they do – from members of their Board of Directors to help with special events. Volunteers interact with clients, manage donations, perform clerical duties, and govern. With traditional funding streams shifting dramatically, agencies are becoming more reliant on volunteers to meet their missions.
The Institute for Human Services’ 2-1-1 HELPLINE Give Help program provides nonprofits with the support they need to better manage volunteers. Our services include:
- Professional Development Opportunities: Regular trainings throughout the year and an annual Volunteer Conference. We also can provide your organization a New York State supported curriculum called ROSES (Recruit, Orient, Support, Evaluate, Salute).
- Volunteer Recruitment: Getting the right volunteers in the door is often the biggest challenge facing an organization. IHS can help in a few ways:
- The 2-1-1 HELPLINE and 2-1-1 HELPLINE Give Help volunteer clearinghouse and resource center provides volunteers with a way to connect to opportunities.
- A broader reach of your volunteer opportunities through the Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier and New Yorkers Volunteer websites.
- IHS’s weekly Provider Online email.
- IHS and 2-1-1 HELPLINE’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
- Volunteer Management: The 2-1-1 HELPLINE Give Help site provides tools which allow nonprofits to register and schedule volunteers, track their hours, and coordinate groups of volunteers.
IHS is working to expand these services and develop new programs around volunteer support. To learn more about any of these, please contact: Tess McKinley, Manager of Communications & Volunteer Support at 607.776.9467 ext. 217.
Major funding and support for this initiative comes from the United Way of the Southern Tier. Additional funding comes from the New York State Commission on National & Community Service.