How to Jump-Start Your Skills-Based Volunteering Program

Sep 13, 2016 9:27:00 PM / by Saumya Bhatnagar

Skills Based Volunteering

Starting a skills-based volunteering program is a choice that many businesses decide to make. It can only bring benefits. It becomes a cornerstone for further growth in the future, as both customers and employees start forming deeper connections with the company participating in the volunteering process.

Besides it being a great marketing opportunity, it is a great way for the company to explore other possibilities and form a stronger bond with the local community.

If you are thinking about jump-starting your skills-based volunteer program, the following are some tips that will help you do it more easily.

Take a closer look at your staff

It all begins with a team you are already working with. If you want to start a skills-based volunteer program, you have to take a closer look at your staff. First and foremost, one of the most important factors is the motivation and past experiences. Picking a skilled person who is not willing to volunteer is not the best choice, as the whole process is going to be slow and dreadful for participants.

It is necessary to pick those who have great communication skills, volunteer past experiences and useful skills for the volunteering project. Take your time, carefully revise who is the right choice, and start working towards building the first volunteer task force.

Skills-based volunteering: start reaching out to people

Once you have established your in-house volunteer group, it is time to move on to creating a project. However, to make the whole team more effective, it is necessary to start communicating with others, who have much more experience in the field.

Not only is the whole process going to run smoothly, as you are working with experienced people, but they also have connections with plenty of skillful volunteers who are ready to join your company and your project.

Reach out to local volunteer communities, but also utilize the online world. For example, LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace is the perfect place for exploration and reaching out to people. You get to immediately see which types of skills the potential candidates have. With in-depth research, you will be easily able to find the right people for your volunteer project, and ensure that it has a stable flow.

Skills-based volunteering: Learn and improve

Being a beginner in any type of business task includes that you are going to make mistakes along the way. However, the point is to perceive mistakes, analyze them and consider how to remove them in the future.

This will allow you to improve your skills-based volunteer program, as those responsible for it are going to improve over time. Therefore, whenever a mistake occurs, record it and reflect upon it when you take on the next project.

With an action plan like this, you are going to be able to easily jump-start your skills-based volunteering program. Don’t rush the whole process. Start building up from the inside of your company, then move to communicating with nonprofits and grow over time. It is the best approach that brings reasonable results.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Saumya Bhatnagar

Written by Saumya Bhatnagar

Saumya is InvolveSoft's CTO and a serial entrepreneur. Passionate about helping #womenintech, Saumya helps drive the direction and culture of the company.