Hot Topics Archive
|What's New for May 2022||Recently added resources|
|Hot Topic for April 2022||Gaining Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement|
|Hot Topic for March 2022||Sample Forms||
For Sample Volunteer Applications Click on Management Tools, then from the Drop Down Menu select “Adult Volunteer Applications” or “Teen Volunteer Applications” and click “Apply”
More may be found by typing "forms" into the search box.
|Hot Topic for February 2022||Skills-Based Volunteers||
|What's New for January 2022||Recently added|
|Hot Topic for December 2021||Virtual Volunteer Position Ideas|
|Hot Topic for November 2021||MORE VolunteerMatch Tips and Tricks||
Post Virtual Volunteer Opportunities -- NOTE: Virtual opportunities don’t show up in a local search, and in person opportunities don’t show up in a virtual search – if you’re offering an opportunity both ways (i.e., volunteers can come to the library to do it OR they can do it online) you should post it twice – once as virtual and once as local. Using the Copy feature will keep you from having to type it all twice:
Get Involved/VolunteerMatch widget - This 3 minute video shows how our Get Involved/ VolunteerMatch widget on your library's website will help recruit more volunteers – California libraries can request the widget code from me at firstname.lastname@example.org so your IT folks can post it. If posting the widget is not an option, you can simply post a link to libraries.volunteermatch.org
Need to Copy an opportunity to post it on multiple branch accounts or tweak it just a bit? No need to re-type!
|Hot Topic for October 2021||Tips to Improve Your VolunteerMatch Results||
Re-posting – Best and easiest thing you can do to make your volunteer listings more visible to volunteers on VolunteerMatch
Include a photo of what it looks like to be a volunteer in the position (more effective than a logo or picture of your library)
Need good photos of volunteers in action? https://getinvolvedclearinghouse.org/ -- Click on Photos then use Dropdown menu to select the volunteer role. These are professionally taken, photo waivers signed and sized for VolunteerMatch!
Promote Your Listings -- If you have a paid VolunteerMatch account (California Libraries can get one free from the California State Library – e-mail email@example.com) another one of the features you get is called "Promote Your Listings." This 90 second video shows how it can add a self-updating Volunteer page to your library's website.
VolunteerMatch/LinkedIn Reccruitment Partnership - How to get LinkedIn to offer your skilled volunteer position to qualified candidates
|What's New for September 2021||Recently added|
|Hot Topic for August 2021||Strategic Planning||
NOTE: More resources can be found by clicking on “Management Tools” and using the drop-down menu to select “Strategic Planning.”
|What's New for July 2021||Recently added|
|Hot Topic for June 2021||Volunteer Confidentiality Agreements||
SEE ALSO: Many Volunteer Handbooks contain confidentiality policies. To view sample handbooks, click on “Management Tools” then select “Volunteer Handbooks” from the drop-down menu.
|Hot Topic for May 2021||Volunteer Handbooks||
Note: For more sample handbooks and individual policies, including Confidentiality, COVID-19 and more, click on Management Tools, and select Volunteer Handbooks from the dropdown menu.
And please send us your handbook to share -- see Share Your Materials below.
|Hot Topic for April 2021||More COVID & Virtual Volunteer Resources|
|What's New for March 2021||Recently added||
|What's New for February 2021||Recently added||
|Hot Topic for January 2021||Public Relations Tools to Help Demonstrate Your Worth||
“Because You’re Worth It: Showcasing the Value of You and Your Volunteer Program” – FREE archived webinar from the Texas Volunteer Management Conference
|2nd Hot Topic for December 2020||Diverse and Inclusive Volunteer Engagement - Part 2||
Moving Forward: Taking Action on Race and Equity (a Points of Light webinar archive)
Note: Don't miss additional resources on this topic by clicking on "More Hot Topics" below and scrolling to July 2020
|What's New for December 2020||Recently added||
|2nd Hot Topic For November 2020||Intern Job Descriptions||
Many thanks to Linda Groscost at Orange Public Library for sharing these intern positions that could also easily be revised into volunteer job descriptions if you don't have an intern program. REMEMBER: if you share something we post to the clearinghouse, you get a free book! (Click the Share Materials Link below)