Informal Volunteering: Why 70% of Potential Volunteers are Not Coming to Your Organization
Karmit Bulman – Executive Director, Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA)
Jewelean Jackson - Community Leader, Volunteer, Activist
Christian McCleary – Community Leader, Volunteer, Activist and Literacy MN Staff Person
In every corner of the world, people are responding to the serious problems caused by COVID-19, racial injustices and climate change through what our profession calls "informal volunteering". At the same time, many organizations have furloughed volunteers and the professionals who lead them. Join this dynamic workshop to learn why 70% of volunteerism is done informally and why our formal approaches to volunteer engagement may unintentionally create barriers for the majority of people who wish to volunteer. We will feature a dynamic panel who will share why informally helping out and pitching in is very much a part of the lives of people from BIPOC communities and how organizations can learn from informal volunteers as we work to dismantle racial inequities in volunteerism.