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10, 9, 8… Countdown the Top 10 reasons to join the Get Involved Collaborative in 2018

2018 January 2
by Kyla Hunt

New Year

#10.  Locate resources from your public library colleagues who are creating effective volunteer engagement tools, practices and strategies! Search the database of Get Involved resources and enhance your success in volunteer engagement.

#9.  Free up staff time to concentrate on new projects they never get around to with the assistance of highly skilled volunteers.

#8. Connect with highly skilled volunteers hiding within your community. This Texas small town librarian found volunteer tech support within her 5,000 service population.

#7. Become a resource to your community by adding the Get Involved Widget to your library home page. The widget is a box you can put on your website to encourage your library patrons to volunteer with your library or to get involved with other community organizations. Once your library user enters their zip code they will be whisked to our custom Get Involved hub to find library and literacy volunteer opportunities.

#6. Find photos to increase volunteer recruitment.  Free to use professional photos for all kinds of volunteer roles in the library. Remember, online recruitment results are 3x greater when accompanied by an action photo. Find photos of volunteers in action here.

#5. Engage virtual volunteers near or far to share their skills with you. Learn how this small Texas library engaged a virtual graphic designer from another state.

#4. Request a VolunteerMatch Premium subscription. To assist public libraries in recruiting and engaging high-skilled, high-impact volunteers, “The Get Involved Collaborative” will fund VolunteerMatch subscriptions for up to 200 Texas libraries. Your VolunteerMatch Premium subscription will continue until the end of the Get Involved grant  – through October 31, 2019. Contact jpeters@tsl.texas.gov for an account.

#3. Expand and increase your library’s capacity to provide early literacy outreach. Here is just one example of how your library volunteers can make a difference in your community.

#2.  Increase support of your library’s programs and services within the community when volunteers better understand what you do.

 And the #1 reason to join the Get Involved Collaborative is…..

1. You will learn to engage today’s volunteer and watch them transform into some of your strongest library supporters and advocates!

Happy New Year!

To learn more about how your 2018 can include highly skilled volunteers contact Jennifer Peters at jpeters@tsl.texas.gov

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