Recently, I read an article by Abiola Oke, founder of The Non-Profit Teacher Education Association (NPTEA), about teacher and student volunteer involvement. In her article, entitled ” educator volunteer involvement: a call for upvotes for change” Abiola relates the story of one high school principal who explained to a group of high school students that in order to be successful they needed to help others. She explained that this would help them achieve more in school and achieve a sense of teamwork. When one of the team members suggested that they might consider doing car washes for children with low-income families, the principal quickly changed her mind saying, “We cannot do that.”
Building Strong Networks For Effective Volunteer Engagement
In the end, however, the NPTEA co-sponsored a car wash fundraiser to benefit various nonprofit organizations. The team and volunteer engagement team that was made up of eighteen students and eight adults donated five hundred dollars in car washes to three nonprofit organizations. The results were not only impressive, but the results were immediate. Once these volunteers had contributed their time and energy, these organization realized the need to hire a few additional car washers, which they did within a short period of time.
When working in a team and volunteering it is important that we keep ourselves motivated and focused on our goals. We must also ensure that we are reaching out to and connecting with the necessary stakeholders in order to deliver the necessary service and support to our nonprofit partners. By being strategic in working with our donor communities and engaging in volunteer engagement activities, The Non-Profit can continue to provide essential services to its donors while maximizing the amount of time and resources it uses to deliver those services. This approach will ensure that our organization continues to work in partnership with key partners in the community.