National Volunteer Week
This year is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference. National Volunteer Week is about encouraging individuals to find new and creative ways to engage in their communities through volunteering.
Becky Blumer, Director of Hands On Greater Portland shared how you can get involved. Portland is ranked sixth in the highest metropolitan areas in volunteering, with volunteers contributing 77.7 million hours of service in 2012. This means that volunteers have the opportunity to create a significant impact. Many people may not realize that Hands On Greater Portland literally has opportunities to volunteer everyday in and around Portland regardless of your age or ability. Hands On Greater Portland is constantly updating volunteer needs on their website.
In particular, during National Volunteer Week, there are two wonderful opportunities to get involved:
• Children’s Book Bank - April 8th, 2014
Hands On Greater Portland is the major volunteer connector resource in the Greater Portland area, meaning we bridge the gap between nonprofits and volunteers through the services we offer. We offer a wide range of volunteer programs designed to provide everyone with the opportunity to make a difference in our community.We match volunteers based on their interests, availability and talents. We work with nonprofits to match volunteers with their organization’s specific needs. Structure and organization with volunteer onboarding is essential to creating repeat volunteers. Approximately 80% of first-time volunteers don’t return because they felt their time didn’t add value or was not well spent. We do the behind-the-scenes work to help volunteers use the limited time they have to truly impact the community, such as: