You might be asking, “But how can our nonprofit use all these young professionals?” Remember to think outside the box when constructing volunteer roles for these yelpers. Volunteers can be used for a myriad of tasks that you’d love to see done at your organization but don’t have the manpower or know how to do. One idea is to think of pro bono service. Any role where you need professional help from seasoned professionals would be a great volunteer opportunity to advertise. Think lawyers, accountants, and developers. In this job market volunteers are also looking for career building experience and would even be happy to try out a different role. Below are a few more suggestions for unique ways to utilize volunteers especially in consideration to 2014 Yelp Helps!:
- Social media manager
- Web developer/designer
- Admin support
- Late night volunteer shifts
- Find more great ideas here
And remember: while it’s critical to provide a meaningful experience to the volunteer, that doesn’t always mean dealing directly with clients or working in a highly visible spot. A meaningful experience means introducing individuals to why that organization was founded and letting them in on your plan to make a difference. Do Goodrs with a positive volunteer experience will more likely return to volunteer again and eventually grow to be a donor of your cause. So let’s all capture this chance to show those tech savvy Millennials how amazing our Bay Area nonprofit community is and why we so greatly deserve their time and attention to make an impact.
Also, please introduce us to any other nonprofits that could benefit from Yelpers volunteering in their organization. We’d love to meet them! We’re always working on new ways to help our nonprofit community succeed in sourcing, retaining and rewarding your volunteers and look forward to other great partnerships to better serve you. As always, please feel free in reaching out to us if you have any questions, ideas, or feedback.