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Just as flexibility is important to today’s volunteers, a strong volunteer program needs room to stretch as it grows.

You can build a program’s effectiveness by enhancing both the volunteer experience and the structure of the program itself. In particular, you’ll want to devote special attention to keeping your volunteers long-term and to evolving your program to meet the needs of special populations.

Program measurement can help you accurately identify what is and isn’t working so that you can make adjustments and improve.

View these recommendations, and browse case studies and model program descriptions to spark ideas for making your program even better.

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Executive Service Corps Affiliate Network

Visit this site to see how one organization is matching highly skilled volunteers with community needs. The Executive Service Corps Affiliate ... Read more Read more

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Five Volunteers Named Gold Honorees of the Decade

MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America Awards

See examples of what volunteers can do and of ways to honor them. On April 20, 2012, the National Association of ... Read more Read more

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Opening Eyes to Volunteers’ Value

Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging (SMAA); Scarborough, Maine; Capacity Corps Model

“Within the agency, this project changed minds as to what volunteers can do.” Summary: As a sponsor for the Retired Senior Volunteer ... Read more Read more

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Using Volunteers as Consultants

Madison Senior Center; Madison, Wisconsin; Project and Team Consultant Project

“Our volunteers are essential.” Organization/Project: Madison Senior Center Madison, Wisconsin Project and Team Consultant Project Summary: The Madison Senior Center started a team leader program in ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Program Management Policies & Tools

National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (SMP Resource Center)

Provides links to sample program policies and tools across a broad range of volunteer management activities. How These Resources Can Help: Refer ... Read more Read more

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Nonprofit Service Enterprise (NSE) Summary

Reimagining Service

A summary of Reimagining Service Principles and research findings that describe a compelling vision of volunteer involvement. How This Resource Can ... Read more Read more

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Nonprofit Service Enterprise: Research Summary

Reimagining Service

Research that identifies eight critical characteristics of a nonprofit service enterprise. How This Resource Can Help: Use the Nonprofit Service Enterprise: Research ... Read more Read more

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National Core Capacity Assessment Tool Dataset: “Positive Deviants” in Volunteerism and Service

Reimagining Service

Research that highlights how volunteer engagement positively affects a nonprofit’s overall effectiveness. How This Resource Can Help: Present information the findings from ... Read more Read more

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CCVA Body of Knowledge

CCVA

Provides a detailed list of core competencies and performance expectations for the competent administration of volunteer programs. How This Resource Can ... Read more Read more

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Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration

CCVA

Provides details about the six core ethical values of principled volunteer leadership. How This Resource Can Help: Use the Ethical Decision Making ... Read more Read more

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CVA Fact Sheet

CCVA

Covers the requirements, costs, and deadlines for the Certified in Volunteer Administration credentialing process, the only internationally recognized credential for ... Read more Read more

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Wisdom Works: Building Better Communities

2003-2005 Program Report, National Council on Aging and MetLife Foundation

Fostering Civic Engagement Among Older Adults Use this to find best practices to help you build a volunteer program. The Wisdom Works: ... Read more Read more

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National Partnership with First Advantage (formerly LexisNexis)

Background Screening Services for Your Volunteers

n4a is excited to announce our **partnership with *First Advantage, a world-leading provider of comprehensive background screening services, to provide ... Read more Read more

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Volunteering by Older People in the EU

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 2011

Use these case studies to generate ideas to enhance your volunteer program. This report is based on 30 case studies from ... Read more Read more

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Volunteerism ROI Benchmarking Initiative

HandsOn Network and True Impact, 2010

Use this to benchmark your volunteer program. Summary findings from the first-ever initiative for measuring and benchmarking the social and business ... Read more Read more

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Keeping Baby Boomers Volunteering: A Research Brief on Volunteer Retention and Turnover

Corporation for National & Community Service, March 2007

Use this report to see volunteer habits of boomers. This research was intended to help nonprofits and others gain greater insight ... Read more Read more

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Strengthening Native American Communities

Corporation for National & Community Service

Visit this page to find resources to help strengthen Native American communities. This resource describes the ways the Corporation for National ... Read more Read more

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Engaging the Poor and People of Color in Organized Service: Challenges and Opportunities

By James B. Hyman, Ph.D., Inc.; Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE); 2008

Use this to learn firsthand perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of engaging the poor and people of color in ... Read more Read more

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Volunteering in Under-Resourced Rural Communities

The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, 2004

Use this report to tailor a volunteer program in rural communities. Findings from this study underscored the need for a greater ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Management Strategies

Corporation for National & Community Service

Read these articles for tips on managing volunteers. Developed for AmeriCorps, these articles include lessons that can be applied to other ... Read more Read more

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Strategic Metrics and Results Tracking (SMART) Report

RespectAbility Initiative, National Council on Aging, March 2008

Aggregate Results from the SMART System Quarters One and Two, 2008 Use this to set benchmarks for your volunteer program. This report ... Read more Read more

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Generations and Autism Connect and Grandparents and Autism Connect Training Materials

Easter Seals

Educational materials to enhance the training of older adults who volunteer with children with autism or have grandchildren with autism. How ... Read more Read more

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News of Older Americans: Retirees Get Involved

NAPS Article

Use these messages to encourage older Americans to volunteer in meaningful ways. This article refers volunteers to the Eldercare Locator to ... Read more Read more

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Coming of Age

Webinar Materials

Since its launch in 2002, Coming of Age has helped people 50+ explore their future; connect and contribute through opportunities, ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Driver Programs

The National Center on Senior Transportation and The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative

The National Center on Senior Transportation, in partnership with The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative, presents a three (3) part series ... Read more Read more

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Modernizing Your Program to Attract and Retain Today’s Volunteer (webinar resources)

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

Covers information about generational differences in volunteers as well as general shifts in volunteer preferences and needs. In addition, three ... Read more Read more

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"What's Working" Webinar Series

Full list of awardees with webinar dates and registration.

In 2012, The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative invited organizations to submit their useful tips for building strong volunteer programs. From ... Read more Read more

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Senior Corps 2013 RSVP Competition Webinar

Funding Opportunity for the Aging Network

This free webinar, led by Dr. Erwin Tan, Director, Senior Corps and Tom Endres, Aging Volunteer Collaborative, will discuss how ... Read more Read more

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The RoadMap

A Nonprofit Collaborative working together to identify, organize and share resources that will help the nonprofit sector be ready to engage ... Read more Read more

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Transportation Solutions for Caregivers

Easter Seals

A variety of resources, compiled by the National Center on Transportation in collaboration with Easter Seals, that present options and ... Read more Read more

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s.a.f.e.t.y. First Collection

Easter Seals

Provides links to sample program policies and tools across a broad range of volunteer management activities. How These Resources Can Help: Working ... Read more Read more

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SMP Volunteer Training Materials

National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (SMP Resource Center)

Links to modules and materials used to train SMP volunteers, including Orientation materials and a sample Volunteer Handbook. How These Resources ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Risk and Program Management (VRPM) Materials

National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (SMP Resource Center)

A comprehensive risk identification, prevention, and mitigation strategy for SMP programs that could be tailored for use in other volunteer ... Read more Read more

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Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice Textbook

CCVA

Offers a comprehensive reference source for all aspects of volunteer engagement and program management and is the official reference source ... Read more Read more

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National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center’s Volunteer Management Resources Pages

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

A compendium of sample volunteer recruitment, management, training and recognition materials from a variety of operating Ombudsman programs across the ... Read more Read more

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Stories of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

As part of the Administration on Aging’s Civic Engagement Initiative, these stories offer a closer look at inspiring volunteers that ... Read more Read more

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Common Impact

Visit this site to learn about a model using skilled employees at global companies to solve community issues and to ... Read more Read more

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Effective Practices in Volunteer, Program and Financial Management

Corporation for National & Community Service

Use these for ideas on managing volunteers, programs, and finances, including grants. Developed for Corporation for National & Community Service programs, ... Read more Read more

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