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
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.