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Volunteer Engagement Is a Two-Way Street

F. Duke Haddad– NonprofitPRO
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a quarter of Americans volunteered through an organization in 2015.  Without volunteers, there are staff limitations. It is also true that people are positively impacted when they volunteer, so volunteerism is a win-win situation for nonprofits and volunteers.

According to the National Council of Nonprofits, many organizations run with no paid staff at all, which makes volunteers essential to their mission. Volunteers gain flexibility, problem-solving and ability to take initiative when they volunteer. Many people volunteer due to a perceived happiness effect. Others do not volunteer because this opportunity does not speak to what they value, or they do not have time.

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