Volunteers' Week: Thank you!
For many nonprofits and charities, volunteers are the backbone of their organisation. Volunteering is on the rise with over a majority of the population in the United Kingdom being involved in charity work one way or another. By volunteering, people can give something of themselves and make a valuable contribution to the community while learning new skills and improving their health and well-being. On the flip side, charities that use volunteers for their operations are equally enthusiastic about what volunteers bring to their organisations.
Volunteers are not only beneficial to charities and on profits as some of them rely on volunteers for the delivery of services or their daily operations. Some volunteers can be incidental to the running of some charities and nonprofits, while others would not be able to function without them. In a recent study by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations reported that 91% of the charities registered in the United Kingdom have no paid staff and are run by volunteers. We are one of them, we use volunteers to run our Reading Clubs, manage our projects as well as run our charity.
Charities can reduce their operating costs when using volunteers. While the value of some tasks performed by volunteers cannot be measured financially, the costs of hiring a full-time employee as opposed to using one full-time or several part-time volunteers can.
Volunteers can also pay more detailed attention to the people they are serving as they are volunteering for this specific task and so can devote their entire attention to it. Volunteers give invaluable support and resources, especially to small charities and nonprofits. For us, we will not able to do what we do without people volunteering their time and knowledge to advance our objectives.
We want to thank every person who has volunteered their time and skills to help us not only become a charity but help children get the education they deserve.
We look forward to working with you over the next 12 months and beyond! Thank you.
http://www.volunteersweek.org.uk/ 1 August 2014: Why Do Charities Need Volunteers?