A Task Force of 15 volunteers, all of them around retirement age, was assembled in 2014 by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) to provide ideas and advice from the volunteers’ perspective. Input was also gathered from more than 70 other volunteers through a series of meetings, interviews with colleagues, and a discussion forum with the Vital Aging Network.
We heard from a range of volunteers that we call:
Organizations everywhere are seeking ways to optimally serve their missions while effectively and efficiently leveraging their resources. Strategic talent management that ensures a committed, well-matched, engaged, and creative workforce is central to this objective.
For some organizations, active volunteer engagement and management are an important and integral component of extending and enhancing their talent resources. In these instances, both the organization and the volunteers are enriched.
While there has been extensive research into the 'Baby Boomer' generation and changes in how today's volunteers wish to be contributing, there is little concrete information about how volunteer leaders within organizations can be catalysts for changes internally to successfully connect with these potential volunteers, and recruit, retain and engage them in meaningful roles. MAVA addressed this by:
MAVA has offered workshops at 10+ locations throughout Minnesota, reaching 500+ leaders of volunteers through training and an additional 3,000+ nonprofit leaders through electronic distribution of materials.
Boomergistics: Engaging Boomers and Future Generations of Volunteers
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You will leave the training with an action plan to re-tool your volunteer program!
Tips, Tools and Resources to Take and UseFramework for 21st Century Volunteerism
Tools and resources developed by participants at MAVA workshops:
Thank you for funding for this initiative to the F.R. Bigelow, Initiative, Otto Bremer, Morgan Family, St. Paul and Stevens Square Foundations.
Thank you to the MAVA Task Force on Engaging Boomers as Volunteers for work to develop the content of this initiative.