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Inclusive Volunteerism

Many nonprofit and government organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, MAVA has launched our Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative, a program focused on researching and developing best practices for engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities. 

Ongoing activities of this initiative, ways you can get involved, and research products/findings are outlined below. If you have questions please contact Lisa Joyslin, Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager, at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org.

Thank you to the St. Paul Foundation for funding this initiative.

8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

MAVA has developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

There are several ways to access this report:
Executive Summary - Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
Click here to download the full report (free for MAVA members)

Research


MAVA has convened an Inclusive Volunteerism Task Force to explore barriers to volunteer engagement within diverse communities and successful strategies for overcoming these barriers. The Task Force is made up of community representatives from culturally-specific organizations, volunteer managers for programs serving the East Metro, and community volunteers. If you're interested in learning more about the Task Force and receiving information about joining, please contact Lisa Joyslin at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org.

MAVA is also conducting ongoing research in the form of interviews and case studies. If your organization is interested in meeting with MAVA to share your experiences with engaging volunteers from racially and ethnically diverse communities, please contact Lisa Joyslin at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org and she will be in touch to schedule a time to connect.

Training and Consulting


MAVA created a training curriculum around the 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program. The training will be presented at MAVA's 2018 Annual Conference (June 6-8 in St. Paul) and is also available on a contract basis either in-person or via webinar.

MAVA is also available for consulting work around inclusive volunteerism. If your organization or government is seeking guidance in recruiting volunteers from diverse communities or creating a more inclusive volunteer program, please reach out and we will be happy to discuss our consulting opportunities and how they may fit with your needs.