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Volunteering News to Use July 27, 2012

Posted by servicecorpsnews in Volunteering News to Use.
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Millennials as Volunteers

According to volunteermatch.org the millennial generation (20-35-year-olds) is thought to be “forcing the world to adopt scary new practices.” But Millennials are helping organizations all over to discover the potential of new technologies for creating impacts. The 2012 Millennial Impact Report showed 63 percent of Millennials volunteered for a nonprofit in 2011; 61 percent would share opportunities via Facebook; by a margin of more than two-to-one, Millennials who volunteer for nonprofits are more likely to make donations; and more than 70 percent said they have raised money on behalf of a nonprofit organization.

Millennials seem to be a great asset for organizations whether as volunteers, staff or board members. How do you engage this eager generation? Volunteermatch.org offers these tips:

  • Provide varied volunteer opportunities — Millennials are interested in a wide variety of volunteering and time commitments, from micro-volunteering opportunities to one-time volunteer events to group volunteering to leadership commitments.
  • Cast a wide volunteer net — Publicize your volunteer needs across multiple platforms and in multiple ways. Make sure your website and blog are mobile-compatible.
  • Show the impact — It’s imperative to show the difference volunteers can make for your nonprofit and for the world.
  • Thank them — Let your volunteers know in person the impact they’ve made, and say thank you.
    Millennials have high expectations and want genuine, authentic relationships with organizations. Nonprofits can learn to engage and serve their entire community better with the help of the millennial generation.

For further information, view http://blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers

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