This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, which recognizes the country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.
There are more than 2,500 registered nonprofits in Mercer County alone. As nonprofits continue to do more, with fewer resources, the role of the volunteer continues to grow.
The traditional need for volunteers to roll up their sleeves to serve meals at soup kitchens, pass out water at a 5K, or “stuff envelopes,” has not gone away. But, today, volunteering has also expanded to support the strategic needs of a nonprofit.
Business professionals, whether employed, in transition, retired, or at-home with children, are using their skills, degrees and talents to complete mission-critical projects that nonprofits otherwise might not be able to afford. These “skills-based volunteers” are working in our community to help nonprofits with business plans, marketing efforts, technology advisement, program development, financial planning, grant writing and so much more.
VolunteerConnect would like to thank their many skills-based volunteers who have gone into the community to help area organizations such as The Friendship Circle, Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, Trenton Community Music School and the West Windsor Arts Center. By sharing their professional talents, skills-based volunteers allow nonprofits to better serve their clients while continuing to direct their finances to client services and needs.
In this new age of volunteerism — when the definition of how we give back continues to evolve — we encourage everyone to make time to support a nonprofit this year. It will not only prove rewarding to the volunteer, but your work will be vital to the success of your chosen nonprofit.
To learn more about skills-based volunteering, we invite you to browse their website at www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org. View the open projects, read the skilled-volunteer spotlight article, and get inspired to step up and get involved!