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No One Right Way – Creating New Systems for Volunteer Engagement

Presenter: Lisa Joyslin

There are many ways in which volunteer engagement systems reflect a characteristic that there is only “one right way” to do something; for example, the formal processes for onboarding volunteers, the requirement of an ongoing commitment for certain roles, and the limited voice volunteers may have in how services are delivered.

The Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators held a series of listening sessions with BIPOC volunteers to learn more about the barriers put up by the “one right way” mentality, along with brainstorming other ways of engaging volunteers that are more inclusive and equitable.

In this session, we’ll discuss the key themes of what interviewed volunteers had to say and share their ideas – along with ways we’ve seen these ideas in action – for making “many different ways” a norm in volunteerism.

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