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Hot Topic for October 2020 More Pandemic Resources

Building Better COVID-Related Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Safety Training during COVID-19 – Orange Public Library

New Research (during the pandemic!): Civic Engagement: What We Know, What We’re Learning, and What Comes Next

How to Prioritize When Everything Feels Important

Social Media & Blog Content Generation Guidelines for Staff and Volunteers – Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries OR

Capacity Commons Guidebook on Skills-Based Volunteerism

 

Hot Topic for September 2020 More on Skilled and Virtual Volunteers

“Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers” – Recording of August 26, 2020 webinar

 

Virtual Volunteer Orientation San Jose PL

Virtual Homework Help Coach Online Training - San Jose PL

Volunteer Handbook – San Jose PL

Nonprofit Skills-Based Volunteering Toolkit

Skills-Based Volunteerism 201: Project Scoping and Planning - Archived webinar from ServeOhio

Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA) Session Recordings

Hot Topic for August 2020 More COVID -19 Ideas and Protocols

COVID-19 Story Project

COVID-19 Story Project Interviewer

COVID-19 Volunteer Acknowledgment Form

COVID-19 Safety Protocols Training Powerpoint

Are Young People Replacing Older People as the Key Volunteering Group?

Resources to Help Manage Volunteers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

If Your Board Looked Like Your Community

“Because You’re Worth It: Showcasing the Value of You and Your Volunteer Program”

 

2nd Hot Topic For July 2020 Re-Opening the Library to Volunteers During COVID-19

COVID Safety Training – Boulder CO

Volunteer Safety Precautions – Indianapolis PL, IN

Volunteer General Safety Guidelines – Cedar Rapids IA

REALM Research Project (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums)

Home Delivery Volunteer Safety Requirements Sign-Off Sheet – Boulder CO

Changes to “Holds Hunter” Volunteer Process during COVID-19 – Cedar Rapids IA

Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteer Job Description – Boulder CO

Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Powerpoint – Boulder CO

Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Video #1 – Boulder CO

Book Drop Helper and Sorter Training Video #2 – Boulder CO

*NOTE: We have added a COVID-19 tag to the Get Involved Clearinghouse – if you just want an overview of what’s specifically here on that topic, type COVID-19 into the search box above.

Hot Topic for July 2020 Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement

Fighting Racism Through Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Programming (Part 1 of 2)

 

Fighting Racism Through Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement Programming (Part 2 of 2)

 

Recognizing Racism in Volunteer Engagement

 

Systemic Exclusion in Volunteer Engagement

 

Engagement as a Path to Inclusion and Justice

 

Talking racial equity? Make sure you understand these 17 words

 

Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter for Nonprofits

 

Hot Topic for June 2020 Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place – TEEN EDITION

Austin Public Library Teen Virtual Volunteer Program

When the Austin Public Library closed for the corona virus there was concern about the need to keep staff busy during telework, so Stephanie designed teen volunteer assignments to function more like a teen program that would create supervision opportunities for staff.

Here are the virtual volunteer positions she created for teens:

More Teen Ideas:

Boulder Teen Summer Volunteer Roles During COVID-19

Woodland QuaranTEEN Book Reviews

2nd Hot Topic For May 2020 Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place - Part 3

Many thanks to our library friends around the country who are sharing their COVID-19 plans and materials!

Sample Volunteer Re-Engagement Surveys:

Assessing Volunteers’ Interest in Returning After Shelter in Place

Assess HomeBound Delivery Volunteers’ Interest in Continuing after COVID19 Program Changes in Place
 

Ideas for Summer and Re-Opening Volunteer Roles:

Teen Summer Volunteer Roles During COVID-19

Book Drop Helper and Sorter Volunteer Job Description

 

Hot Topic for May 2020 Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place - Part 2

Here are some more ideas for keeping current volunteers engaged and/or expanding services:

Queens Public Library Social Media Ambassadors

Austin Public Library Social Media Ambassadors

Queens Public Library Covid19 Oral Histories Project

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities – San Jose Public Library 

And some current volunteer job descriptions could be amended to describe service provided on an online platform:

Job Center Volunteer – Chandler Public Library AZ

Job Center Coach, Sacramento Public Library

Homework Coach – San Jose Public Library

EBooks Coach – Huntington Beach Public Library

ESL Conversation Club Facilitator – San Jose Public Library

Please consider sharing your materials at the link below to be added to the Clearinghouse to keep others from having to re-invent the wheel!

 

Hot Topic for April 2020 Engage Virtual Volunteers While We Shelter in Place

Need to find ways to keep your current volunteers engaged? Or just need different kinds of help during this uncertain time? Consider Virtual Volunteers – they do work for you from home!

Could you use a graphic designer, researcher, writer, translator, proofreader, or video editor? Those opportunities can be posted on VolunteerMatch and marked “virtual” rather than “one location.” VolunteerMatch has also added to each volunteer opportunity posting a chance for you to answer this question: “Is this opportunity helping your organization respond to the COVID-19 crisis?” When you answer yes, your posting will get visibility in additional ways.

Here are some more resources to get you started:

Never a Better time to Explore Virtual Volunteering than NOW
 
How to Tap Into the Power of Virtual Volunteers

VolunteerMatch Covid-19 Hub

Virtual Volunteer Success Story – Brownwood Texas

Spanish Language Virtual Document Translator Job Description -  Salinas CA

Social Media Specialist Job Description – CA State Library

4 minute interview California State Library Virtual Volunteer – Social Media Specialist
 

 

What’s New for March 2020 New Resources

How to Find a Volunteer Management System that Actually Meets Your Needs

 

14 Volunteer Interview Questions

 

The Volunteer Perspective – Industry Insights 2019

 

 

What's New for February 2020 Online Book Sales

The Mesa Public Library in Arizona has an amazing online booksale operation. In Fall 2019 we had the opportunity to tour it, and talk to staff and volunteers. Many thanks to Janice Dell, CVA, Mesa's Volunteer Coordinator who welcomed us and shared her materials, and to Jeffrey Stoffer, Mesa's THINKspot Librarian, who created the video.

This 10 minute video will give you an idea about how it works and how you might get started.

Online Book Sale Volunteer Job Description

And a series of 3 parts of their training for the project:

#1: Bookbinding Styles

#2: Parts of a Book

#3: Assessing the Condition of a Book

 

What's New for January 2020 New Resources

Five Survey Templates to Measure Volunteer and Board Satisfaction
 

The essential guide to managing volunteers at your nonprofit
 

Beware of these 6 trends lurking in your volunteer program

 

Volunteer Management: How to Get It Right
 

 

What's New for December 2019 New Resources

Archived Webinar

November 20 VolunteerMatch “Tour”
 

New Volunteer Job Descriptions

Creation Station Coordinator – Show Low AZ

Library Assistant – Show Low AZ

Computer Coach – Show Low AZ
 

Also New This Month: New Maker Space Photos

Hot Topic for November 2019 Archived Webinars

 

Writing Accurate & Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions - March 2020

Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today’s Library Volunteers - October 2019

Connecting with Today’s Volunteers to Transform the Friends of the Library - September 2019

Walking the Walk: Engage Library Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program - August 2019

Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement - 2018

Successfully Managing Library Volunteer Program Changes - August 2018
 

 

What's New for October 2019 New Resources

Walking the Walk: Engage Library Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program

Do’s & Don’ts of Supervising Library Volunteers

Adult Volunteer Application – Huntington Beach

Volunteer Handbook – Pacific Grove

Beyond Retention: How to get better data to inform your volunteer engagement strategy

 

What's New for September 2019 Recognition, Part 2

Don't Just Recognize Volunteers, Invest in Them . . . and in Yourself

Volunteer Recognition: Matching Motivation to Rewards

When Recognition Hurts Recruitment (and what we might do about it)

Recognizing Online Volunteers and Using the Internet to Honor ALL Volunteers

 

What's New for August 2019 New Resources

Skills Based Volunteering ToolKit

Building Capacity Through Volunteer Leadership

Want to Write a Volunteer Program Annual Report? Here’s How to Start

Why Should We Pay Attention to Volunteering Trends

CRM Integration
 

What's New for July 2019 Recognition

Rethinking Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Appreciation Guide

Volunteer Recognition: Just Say No to Years of Service Awards

3 Ways to Recognize Volunteers

Recognizing Volunteers in 2017

Celebrate Collective Accomplishments, Not Volunteered Time

 

What's New for June 2019 New Tools Shared by Libraries

 

Many thanks to these libraries who recently shared materials for us to share with you! Please send us yours in the “Share Your Materials” box below.

Social Media Coordinator Volunteer Job Desc -- Salinas CA

Spanish Language Virtual Document Translator – Salinas CA

List of Volunteer Job Descriptions – Corona CA

Volunteer Guidelines – Austin TX

 

 

What's New for May 2019 Return on Investment (ROI)

California's Get Involved Regional Leaders develop networking and training events for library volunteer engagement coordinators in their regions across the state. They decided a tool was needed for library volunteer programs to determine their Return on Investment, and then share that data both internally and externally in the form of an attractive but brief infographic that could also be used as a program's annual report. They developed this ROI worksheet to be used by individual libraries to create the data for the infographic, and included sample infographics.

Feel free to download and use this worksheet for yourself, and if you're interested in using one of the infographics, there are 3 templates with minor variations that can be found for your use here:

Infographic Template #1

Infographic Template #2

Infographic Template #3

And 3 different library examples using the templates here:

Example A

Example B

Example C