BoardConnect Volunteers

Skills-based volunteer projects provide an opportunity to make an impact in a more fulfilling way by using skills honed over many years. The experience can also be extremely personally rewarding and can even promote better health.

At a recent Professional Service Group (PSG) of Mercer County, VolunteerConnect Executive Director Allison Howe spoke to a group of 40 professionals looking for opportunities to build skills and increase their appeal to potential employers.

In a 2018 Center for Nonprofits survey, almost two-thirds of nonprofits expected their expenses to increase in 2018 and only 48 percent expected funding to increase. In the same survey, 31 percent of nonprofits reported that the “inability to afford enough good staff” was one of the greatest challenges to their organization’s viability.

Skilled volunteer Rich Bloustein, who recently completed a project matched by VolunteerConnect, conveyed the win-win of the skill based volunteer project strategy, “My experience working with the Board and management team of UIH Family Partners to create a Three-Year Strategic Plan was extremely rewarding and enjoyable … and a pleasant learning experience as well,” he relayed. “We structured our approach early, which involved plenty of interaction and input from both the Board and Management that I facilitated with the objective of ensuring that we gradually moved toward our desired outcome.”

Meanwhile, from the volunteer perspective, skills-based volunteer projects provide an opportunity to make an impact in a more fulfilling way by using skills honed over many years. For example, skills-based volunteering can increase the desirability of a job candidate’s resume, according to a 2013 Deloitte survey that found 76 percent of HR executives reported skilled volunteering made a candidate more appealing. Of course, the experience can also be extremely personally rewarding and can even promote health—if the volunteering is for selfless reasons (Health Psychology, Aug. 2019).

VolunteerConnect has recently placed a renewed focus on skills-based volunteerism and is actively recruiting volunteers and identifying projects to fill. Skills-based volunteering includes a wide range of activities, from marketing and communications plans to graphic art. Here is a sampling of what is available as of this printing:

Hope Loves Company: Event Chair

Millhill: Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant

LifeTies: Event Chair

Trenton Music Makers: Communications Plan Specialist

Grounds for Sculpture: Data Analytics Assessment

Princeton Youth Orchestra: Scholarship Research Program

Princeton Community TV: Advocacy/Campaign Consultant

Princeton Community TV: Data Analytics Assessment Consultant

Trenton Music Makers: Graphic Artist

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SkillsConnect is made possible in part by a generous grant from Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.