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:


• Store to Door grocery delivery. Store to Door is a non-profit agency that facilitates independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing a personalized, low-cost, grocery shopping and delivery service. All you need is a good driving record, a few hours each week and a commitment to make a difference. Shifts currently available: Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:30am and Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-3:30pm
 

• Children’s Book Bank - April 8th, 2014
The Children’s Book Bank narrows the book gap by providing the community with a place for families donate the books their children have outgrown, moving thousands and thousands of children’s books into the homes of kids in need.
 

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:
• Developing short-term, long-term and re-occurring projects.
• Providing a background check that gets volunteers screened in hours (not weeks) and can be shared between unassociated nonprofits.
• Managing volunteer sign-ups, sending confirmation and reminder emails to volunteers and tracking hours for those volunteer their time.
• We also offer training and orientation guidance, volunteer recruitment tips, information on networking opportunities and professional memberships, templates/samples documents, and more.
 

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