Volunteer Los Angeles is excited to announce the launch of SBV 1.0, our initial offering of skills based programming to match talented volunteers with organizations ready to make great use of the skills they have to offer.
A major component of SBV 1.0 is helping our partner agencies identify their agency’s needs for skilled volunteers. Beginning in October 2012, Volunteer Los Angeles will be hosting monthly SBV 1.0 trainings for nonprofits, which will focus on best organizational practices to engage skilled volunteers. Volunteer LA staff will also guide each organization through an agency skills assessment, which will help ensure that all skilled opportunities are realistic and meaningful.
As a safeguard in finding the “right” volunteer, prior to placement, all SBV 1.0 volunteers must register and complete their volunteer profile on Volunteer Los Angeles’ website. They’ll also be required to attend an SBV 1.0 training, where Volunteer Los Angeles staff will guide prospective volunteers through the process of creating a volunteer profile that accurately captures their skills. This process will help guranteee that the proper skilled volunteer is getting placed with the appropriate skilled opportunity. Staff will also review volunteer expectations and goals, which will help in making the skills based experience a success for both the organization and the volunteer. After completing their volunteer profile and attending the initial training, volunteers will be ready to connect directly with skills based volunteer opportunities.
Another crucial partner in SBV 1.0 is our corporate partners. By creating an accessible, yet highly managed program, we believe our corporate partners will find that non-profits in SBV 1.0 will have the proper readiness and capacity to engage corporate employees in highly impactful volunteer opportunities and events. SBV 1.0 is the first version of our skills-based programming; in 2013, SBV 2.0 will be launched, which will focus on customized SBV programs for businesses.
To learn more about Volunteer Los Angeles’ SBV 1.0 program go to: http://www.volunteerlosangeleshov.org/sbv
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