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This presentation was deliverd by Ella Todd of Kansas Mentors.


  • 1. Make a Difference. "I cannot preach like Martin Luther King, Jr. or turn a poetic phrase like Maya Angelou, but I care and am willing to serve. --Marian Wright Edelman
  • 2. Volunteering in the U.S. 61 million Americans volunteer regularly 12.9 billion hours were volunteered in the U.S. in 2006 On average, on any given day, there are 15 million Americans volunteering Each year, the US benefits from the equivalent of $239 billion dollars of unpaid staff time through volunteering Source: The Nonprofit Almanac 2008
  • 3. Volunteering in Kansas 36.2% of adults volunteer in Kansas (we rank #8 among all 50 states and Washington D.C.) 44.7 volunteer hours per resident (we rank #9 among all 50 states and Washington D.C.) Kansas Volunteering by Age Group Age Median Hrs State Rate Natl Rate 20-24 * 20.7% 18.1% 25-34 40 30.0% 22.9% 35-44 48 40.9% 31.0% Source: Volunteering In America, Corporation for National & Community Service 2008
  • 4. Volunteers = Engaged Citizens. Citizen engagement is more critical than ever as both a cornerstone of our democracy and as an essential resource for solving some of our nation's most pressing issues.
  • 5. You can benefit, too. Successful volunteer engagement is a mutually beneficial relationship, not just a free for all for the organization to achieve its needs.
  • 6. Volunteering is a two-way street. Here are a few things you can gain when you give your time and yourself: connect with your community share your skills and gain new ones develop self esteem and self-confidence meet new people from all walks of life enhance your resume and make important networking contacts promote a worthwhile activity feel needed and valued experience something new Source: Corporation for National and Community Service:
  • 7. Overcoming Barriers to Volunteering We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. We can do no great things, only small things with great love. --Mother Teresa
  • 8. BARRIER #1: I dont have enough time to volunteer.
  • 9. BARRIER #2: I dont have the skills to volunteer.
  • 10. BARRIER #3: I dont feel like I am making a difference.
  • 11. BARRIER #4: I dont think my workplace supports volunteering.
  • 12. Resources
  • 13. The Volunteer Involvement Framework CONNECTION TO SERVICE Affiliation Focus Skill Focus Examples of Service: Examples of Service: Corporate days of service w/ work teams A one-time audit of an organizations finances Short- Weekend house-build by a local service club by a professional accountant A sports club teaching a youth group a term, Park clean-up event or trail maintenance particular skill and hosting a youth event TIME FOR SERVICE Episodic Walkers, bikers, runners for annual fundraiser A student completing a degree requirement A chef preparing a meal for a fundraiser Examples of Service: Examples of Service: Youth mentor Pro bono legal counsel Long- Troop leader No-cost medical service by a physician, EMT, term, Sunday School teacher nurse, counselor, etc. Ongoing Environmental Sustainability advocate Volunteer fire fighter Hospice visitor Loaned executive Park host or docent Board member Source: RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service, The Volunteer Involvement Framework
  • 14. Resources United We Serve, a national clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities and provides toolkits for volunteers interested in developing their own projects HandsOn Network, inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. Searchable database of volunteer opportunities and great resources for developing volunteer leadership.
  • 15. Resources United Way, an organization that often serves as a convener of local non-profits in a community and typically has a pulse on available opportunities. Visit the national United Way website and type in your zip code in the top right corner to find your local organization.
  • 16. Resources KS Volunteer Centers The Volunteer Center of Reno County Roger Hill Volunteer Center DOUGLAS COUNTY Davis Hall-Hutchinson Community College United Way of Douglas County RENO COUNTY 815 North Walnut 2518 Ridge Court, Room 200 Hutchinson, KS 67501 Lawrence, KS 66046 Debbie Berndsen, Director Phone: (785) 865-5030 Phone: (620) 665-4960 Fax: (785) 843-6752 Fax: (620) 665-4965 Email Email: United Way of Wyandotte County WYANDOTTE COUNTY Volunteer Center, ECKAN Volunteer Center FRANKLIN COUNTY 1320 South Ash Street 434 Minnesota Avenue Ottawa, KS 66067 PO Box 17-1042 Lisa Rivers, Vol. Center Director Kansas City, KS 66101 Phone: (785) 242-7450 Diane Hentges, Director Fax: (785) 242-0305