About Volunteers

Do you want to be a volunteer?

Volunteering can be a great source of satisfaction and a learning opportunity, but we recommend you do some reconnaissance before you commit. Most people start by finding a mission that resonates with them. Visit the organization and get a sense of the environment and the people. Be specific about your schedule and the amount of time you are willing to commit and make sure the organization agrees and does the same. Ask for a job description of what you’ll be doing (if the organization doesn’t offer those, that could be a red flag). Find out what training they offer and the supervision/feedback arrangement.

Volunteers are there to serve, but you also are expecting something in return. Be clear about what you want to gain from this relationship so that you can determine if this organization is able to fulfill your expectations.

Is your organization seeking volunteers?

This space is your opportunity to post a job description for volunteer needs your organization has. If you’ve gotten this far, we’re going to assume that you have the basic elements of a volunteer program in place, including job descriptions; orientation and training programs; supervision, feedback and evaluation procedures and recognition/appreciation activities.

For more information about The Nonprofit Center’s collaboration with United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania to offer a Certificate in Volunteer Management, click here.

From the blog

Making the Band-Aid Stick

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 11 October 2019, 11:18 am

One of the enjoyable debates I have with students, and those who are philanthropically minded, is about addressing root causes vs. applying band-aids.  It often flows from a mention of Andrew Carnegie and his philosophy on giving and the responsibilities of the wealthy, much of which is laid out in his “The Gospel of Wealth.”  His thinking makes it easy to jump to the question of whether to fund organizations that work at eradicating the root causes of society’s problems or those that provide band-aids to treat the consequences of those problems. I would argue that there is no right.

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