Save the Date! For 22nd annual VolunteerFest, Saturday, October 22, 2016!
VolunteerFest is an annual region-wide day of community service held in conjunction with national Make A Difference Day. VolunteerFest mobilizes hundreds of local volunteers to help area nonprofits and government agencies accomplish tasks that they would not have the time or resources to do on their own.
Volunteer Registration open September 19th!
A couple things to consider for projects:
Identify projects that are meaningful and will keep volunteers engaged throughout the designated time period.
Consider projects that are appropriatefor potential volunteers. How can your project be completed by families? Will projects appeal to many kinds of volunteers? Are there bathroom facilities on-site or nearby? Is there enough parking for volunteers?
Safety first! Have a first-aid kit for each site or alert local fire and rescue teams. Visit all sites. Check for possible hazards. Compare the site to the project proposal – is it realistic? How many volunteers will it take to complete the project? What’s the minimum and maximum number of volunteers that can participate? Is the site appropriate for families?
Break the project(s) into tasks that can be accomplished by volunteers with a broad range of skills and abilities. What needs to be done first, then next, etc? (Example: Creating an ice-cream social includes planning the event, purchasing materials, inviting guests, planning games and prizes, decorating….)
Consider all materials and/or tools the project requires. Do you have enough rakes, shovels, dirt, mulch, plants, paint, brushes, rollers, drop clothes, and/or wheelbarrows for project completion? If you need additional materials for your project, start now to ask area businesses and stores for in-kind donations.