FPLG COVID-19 RESPONSE
[UPDATE: May 26, 2020]
For the many organizations that ordinarily rely on volunteers, these past two months or so have been particularly difficult.
It’s unclear how soon volunteers should be asked – or be willing -to return to service at the nation’s nonprofits. Of course, the safety features instituted by an organization for the benefit of employees should extend to volunteers as well.
[April 6, 2020]
For nonprofits, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought serious issues about guarding the safety of everyone involved with an organization while continuing, in many cases, to provide urgent and direct services to the community.
For the many social service agencies, volunteers play a vital role in carrying on the vital activities. It’s critical to amend existing policies and procedures on volunteers, or to create new ones. Keeping the lines of communication open as well as bringing the volunteers into the decision-making process will be key to carrying the organization (and its community beneficiaries) through to the other side of this outbreak.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Volunteer Ethics & Risk Management: Should You Bring Volunteers In? (May 7, 2020) Tobi Johnson, VolunteerPro Blog
Going Forward Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement (May 4, 2020) Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
How to Engage Online Volunteers During COVID-19 (April 16, 2020) Tobi Johnson, VolunteerPro Blog
Supporting Volunteer Efforts During Coronavirus (April 2020) Betsy McFarland, Energize, Inc.
COVID-19 Resources: How to Reach Your Donors and Volunteers (March 2020) Aspen Leadership Group
Coronavirus & Volunteers: Your Guide for Managing Uncertainty (March 16, 2020) Tobi Johnson, VolunteerPro Blog
Volunteer Engagement Amid a Pandemic (March 12, 2020) Beth Steinhorn, VQ Volunteer Strategies
Preparing Your Volunteer Program for COVID-19 (March 11, 2020) Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Oregon Food Bank: Volunteer Opportunities [March 2020] [food bank; example]
City Harvest Volunteer Portal March 2020] [food bank; example]