[UPDATE: November 19, 2020]
The pandemic has had a mixed effect on the issue of volunteers for nonprofits. Although certain factors have tended to depress participation, others – including the use of technology and remote communications – have expanded the opportunities for senior volunteers to safely offer their services.
[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.