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Are You Ready for Volunteer Prime Time?

January 23, 2014 in Engaging Wisdom

The Aging Network is positioned to lead the development of the new volunteer force: those 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day, 6,000 of whom are choosing to retire!  “Ready for volunteer prime time” means that you are reading, willing and able to engage these volunteers in expanding the capacity of your organization. (Take our Readiness Assessment to see if your organization is ready.)

If you and your organization are ready for prime time, learn a new, research-based, volunteer engagement strategy called PowerUP! PowerUP! was developed by The Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative exclusively for Aging Network Programs and organizations, including sub-contractors and partner organizations and is coming soon to a location near you.

The Volunteer Collaborative is planning a series of PowerUP! Training Institutes in 2014. The first is scheduled for Northern California February 12 and 13.  Get the San Francisco training details and enroll.

The PowerUP! Training Institute trains organizations to form self-directed teams of volunteers, using a research-based framework. In turn, these volunteers can carry out projects that extend the organizations’ capacity to serve older adults.

Why should you get ready for prime time?  Here are the top six reasons to PowerUP! your organization:

  1. Supplement your financial resources with the growing abundance of social capital of today’s boomers by demonstrate the asset value of aging.
  2. Add “staff equivalents” through skilled volunteers and build a rich talent pool to draw from for Board and possible staff positions.
  3. Address issues and needs not being addressed due to lack of financial resources to support staff or operations.
  4. Get an average 8:1 return on time and/or cash investment in volunteers that keeps on giving.
  5. Expand community support with more community members involved in the organization who can act as ambassadors for the organization.
  6. Create volunteer teams that become incubators and generators within the organization raising new or hard questions, sparking new ideas and ways of getting things done.

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