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Giving is about more than just money, it is about providing something that will help others.  As our friends over at Volunteer Match discuss in their post, it is also important to remember to give of your time.

A big thanks to our volunteering friends for all they do to make this world a better place.

Small-Scale Volunteering with Large-Scale Impact

by Shari Ilsen on April 27, 2011 · 0 comments

in Volunteer recognition

Imagine for just a minute that your nonprofit is like a living, breathing human body. With each step the body takes, you come closer to fulfilling your mission.

There are thousands of factors involved in making this body work. But the structure, the skeleton of your organization, is formed by your volunteers. They determine the shape, strength and function of the body and how exactly you’ll accomplish your important work.

With so many bones to keep track of, most of us tend to forget about the small ones, like the individual vertebrae in our backbone. Unless they’re not working right, these parts are not constantly at the forefront of our awareness the way our arms and legs are – but there’s no doubt about their importance.

Your small-scale volunteers, the ones you only see occasionally, are like these small bones. They come in when asked, love your work, and really do help out, even if their contribution is measured in hours per month or year instead of hours per week. Some of us may not fully appreciate these volunteers until they’re gone or, well, not really working right.

So let’s take some time now to recognize these small bones in the skeleton of your organization. Maybe they just come in an hour or two per month. Maybe they join you for one day a year. But we all feel their impact, and our nonprofits depend on their help. They might be small, like individual vertebrae, but together they form the backbone of your organization.

Click here to read more about virtual, micro and all other kinds of volunteers.


Comments on: "Small Scale Volunteering With A Large Scale Impact" (2)

  1. I too have recently been challanged with stage 4 Lung cancer & a brain tumor. I am sure God has taken care of the brain tumor with the radiation. Chemo is .. well you all know what Chemo is.
    I just caught the end of chanel 7 Chicago about your fight.
    I am also a participant in the Breast Cancer walk, garage sales, bowling for cancer, etc. here.
    I sure would appreciate a JOKE or 2 each week.
    Thanks for being here for us, Diana

    • giveforward said:

      Thanks for check out the site Diana. Everyone here at GiveForward is sending big virtual hugs your way. If you want to email us your address we might even be able to find some fun jokes (and cat videos – courtesy of Erica, our Director of User Relations) to send your way. Drop us a note at:
      Big hugs!!

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