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The abCs of Volunteer Coordination: Creative, Communicative, and Commitment

Updated: May 24

With it being April and National Volunteer Appreciation Week coming up, I want to thank all the volunteers who invest their time and energy into nonprofit organizations. Your dedication and selflessness make our world a better place every day. From lending a helping hand in times of need to contributing your time and skills to worthy causes, your efforts truly make a difference in the lives of others and in our community. Thank you for your compassion, generosity, and commitment to building a brighter future for everyone. (Special shoutout to the YNPN Board Members)


If you're in the nonprofit world, chances are you're no stranger to the importance of volunteers. They're the lifeblood of our organizations, helping us push our missions forward and make a tangible difference in the world. But behind every successful volunteer program is a dedicated coordinator or manager, juggling the ins and outs of recruitment, retention, and recognition.


Today, I want to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes of the volunteer world and celebrate the C's that every volunteer coordinator brings to the table.


Creativity-T: Let's start with a round of applause for the creative geniuses among us. Volunteer coordinators are the masterminds behind innovative recruitment strategies, engaging volunteer experiences, and budget-friendly ways to show appreciation. From brainstorming unique opportunities to leveraging special skills and talents, their creativity knows no bounds. So here's to the ones who think outside the box and make every volunteer feel valued and empowered.


Don’t even get me started on a volunteer system or CRM… As most of you know there isn’t a

magical system that will do all that we need it to do, record how we want it to track data and be user-friendly enough for all volunteers. Thank you for the days you make the volunteer system “work” and the days you take the time to learn new ways and skills on how to make it “work”.


Communication: If there's one thing volunteer coordinators excel at, it's keeping the lines of

communication open. They're the go-to source for volunteers, providing all the necessary

information about the organization, events, and programs. But their communication prowess

doesn't stop there. They're also the bridge between volunteers and staff, ensuring everyone is on the same page and ready to tackle any challenge that comes their way. So here's a big thank you to the communication champions who keep our volunteer networks running smoothly.


Chaos Coordinator: Let's face it, the volunteer world can be chaotic at times. But fear not,

because volunteer coordinators are the masters of chaos coordination. They navigate

conversations, resolve conflicts, and bring peace to even the stormiest of situations. Their ability to keep calm under pressure and find solutions amidst the chaos is nothing short of miraculous. So here's to the unsung heroes who keep the peace and keep our volunteer programs thriving.


Commitment: Last but certainly not least, let's talk about commitment. Volunteer coordinators

are deeply committed to the organizations they serve, ensuring the safety and satisfaction of

both volunteers and staff. From implementing background checks to crafting seamless

onboarding processes, their dedication to excellence is unmatched.


So here's a heartfelt thank you to the tireless advocates who represent our organizations with pride and commitment.

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