The City of Austin is looking for ways in increase volunteerism across the city. As volunteers that have already found meaningful volunteer opportunities, you know that volunteers are directly taking action to solve our community challenges.
To create the most useful tools for volunteers, we would like your thoughts on your own volunteer experience. Please fill out the following short survey by THE END OF JUNE. Your answers will help us develop programs to improve your volunteer experience, support organizations you care about, and introduce new volunteers to impactful opportunities.
As many of you know I have been working with the City of Austin on their long term volunteerism and community service strategy. At this point the City of Austin is beginning to plan initiatives to support volunteers and volunteer managers across the city. We recognize the vital role volunteer programs play in addressing Austin’s most-pressing issues. Because your work is central to promoting volunteerism and facilitating solutions to community problems, we are interested in developing resources that help you achieve your goals.
As volunteer managers you have the best insight and knowledge of the volunteer landscape. To build the most beneficial resources, we would like your input and thoughts on volunteer managements. Please fill out the following survey by June 15th. Your answers will directly affect our office’s initiatives and priorities.
Thank you for helping the City of Austin leverage its resources to assist the volunteer community! And thanks for taking part in this experiment with me!
Whew. Always a mouthful even to type that. If you remember this is the City of Austin task force that I am serving with. I’ve been very interested to see the discussion ebb and flow over the last few months till we decided to concentrate on community service and volunteerism. Our last meeting was a particularly interesting one in which we discussed how to get more people in Austin volunteering. Is it community driven? Driven by advertising? Hyper local driven? Driven by a volunteer portal run by the City of Austin? Encouraging more nonprofits to use VolunteerMatch.org? Or creating something all our own? These were just some of the burning questions we wrestled with. We also heard from the co-founders of two Austin tech startups attempting to solve some of these problems.
What do you think? Have you explored any of the questions we are exploring in your community?