1.) Volunteers in Action was developed around community needs to have a volunteer clearing house, create more volunteer opportunities, capture workplace incentives to volunteer, create intergenerational opportunities, promote volunteer opportunities that already exist, provide volunteer trainings and assess how and why volunteers like to get involved with an organization.

2.) A survey was put out by Volunteers in Action in May of 2018 to create a baseline. The survey showed 21.02 percent of the survey participants said they don’t volunteer. Another 30.57 percent reported they volunteer at a faith based organization, which exceeds all other service organizations. Surveyed participants that said they didn’t know how to find volunteer opportunities was at 35.71 percent, while 45.84 percent of participants said they didn’t have enough time for anymore volunteer activities.

3.) Of the surveyed participants, 35.65 percent of participants that reported their employer, school, church or other agency provided incentives for volunteering. Incentives include paid time, charitable donation to an organization of the volunteers choice, gifts of appreciation, free meals, scholarships and more.

4.) The largest group of volunteers are in the 55-64 year old age category.

5.) Volunteers in Action has formed partnerships with organizations that utilize volunteerism as well as being volunteers themselves. Some of the partnerships formed are with Just Serve, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and the Sidney Chamber of Commerce.

6.) Volunteers in Action has three main goals; to recruit volunteers, retain volunteers and generate more volunteer opportunities.

The group meets once a month. For questions or to join the group, contact Molly Brodhead by either emailing mbrodhead@richland.org or by phone 406.433.2207.

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