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January 2015 Volunteer


Get Involved

Looking for a volunteer opportunity in your area? There are some central resources that can make your search for the right fit as easy as possible.
 
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County has a comprehensive listing of all sorts of opportunities throughout the county as well as resources for nonprofits and businesses looking for sponsorship, partnering or volunteering opportunities.
 
Volunteer Center of Napa County works with all nonprofits in Napa Valley and can connect you with the one that suits your skills and interests. It also lists resources for community information (schools, police, community agencies), seniors and health and human service organizations.
 
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin works to develop strong nonprofits by empowering and inspiring their leaders and has an array of resources, events and workshops available. It also lists volunteer opportunities throughout the area.
 
 

Do It for You, Too!

According to a 2013 study by UnitedHealth Group, in a national survey of 3,351 adults conducted by Harris Interactive, doing good is good for you (that’s what it named the study, too). Here are some of the findings of those surveyed:
 
76% say volunteering has made them feel healthier;
 
94% say volunteering improves their mood;
 
78% say volunteering lowers their stress levels; and
 
81% of employed volunteers who did so through their workplace say it strengthens their relationships with colleagues.
 

Verified Volunteers

In an effort to improve the safety and efficiency of background screenings for volunteers, the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) in Marin County has partnered with Verified Volunteers. The partnership will increase just-in-time volunteering through screen approval in hours instead of weeks (which is standard) and can automatically update volunteer screen records on a monthly basis.
 
How it works: Once a nonprofit has identified a new volunteer, it emails that person an invitation to complete an online background check. Payments are customizable and can be made by the organization, the volunteer or shared by both. The verified volunteer then received a “Fast-Pass” for future screenings.
 
Typical background screening processes are more costly and time-consuming. And since many individuals volunteer with more than one organization, the repeat screening process can be a barrier. Verified Volunteers’ Fast-Pass lets volunteers share their existing background checks with nonprofits at no charge.
 
Anton Timms, director of volunteer services for CVNL, says, “Verified Volunteers will give our partnering agencies the ability to more effectively screen volunteers so they don’t have to wait to start making an impact.”

 

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