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Skills-Based Volunteering

What is Skills-Based Volunteering?

Volunteers can bring their own skills and experience to a volunteer role

Motivations for volunteering are diverse. While some aim to learn new skills and aptitudes through volunteering, others seek to apply their specialized skills in their volunteer role.

This is called skills-based volunteering.

Today, more and more people wish to apply specific skills to their volunteer work. Doing so can help hone those skills. And it can be great experience to put on a résumé. At the same time, the organization benefits from expert input. Skills-based volunteering benefits the volunteer, the organization and the community.

Skills-based resources for organizations

Interested in learning more about skills-based volunteering? Take a look at the tools and resources listed below.

Skills-Based Volunteering: An Interactive Feature

This interactive video feature highlights the process of effectively matching skills based-volunteers to opportunities at an organization.  By interviewing three different volunteers, you can discover what motivations and skills a potential volunteer may have and determine what role might serve the volunteer and your organization best. You may be surprised by the outcome! Taking time to listen and learn about a potential volunteer can be the best retention strategy.