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Volunteer Managers! Please provide your best estimate on volunteer time estimates

  • August 29, 2022 10:31 AM
    Message # 12899797

    Hello Fellow Volunteer Managers!

    OCF is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. To celebrate the spirit of volunteerism “Inspiring Kindness Across Oregon

    we are asking the question - What Impact Can You Make in 50 Hours? We are creating a list of volunteer opportunities for community members and want to provide A list of  volunteer activities that will demonstrate 50 hours of community impact !

    Can you help us narrow down our volunteer activities list?

    Please provide your best estimate of the time promise for (1 shift) of the volunteer activities listed below:

    Please list your best time estimate in the space provided. If you agree with our estimate just reply  “yes “

    Thank You!

     Volunteer Activities and estimated time

    3 hours serving meals to those without a house  ___

    2 hours reading to children through Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) ___

    1 hour picking up trash when you go on your morning walk ___

    3 hours planting a tree in your neighborhood ___

    5 hours reviewing grant applications for a local charity __

    1 hour writing thank you notes ___

    8 hours serving on a nonprofit’s board of directors __

    3 hours marching for an important cause (could be more specific if we wanted to give a nod to racial justice here) __

    1 hour participating in your child’s PTA __

    2 hours getting to know someone who’s different from you __

    5 hours participating in a community 101 initiative __

    1 hour mowing your neighbor’s lawn __

    3 hours babysitting for a friend in need __

    1 hour donating blood __

    2 hours visiting elderly people in senior care __

    3 hours packaging meals at a food bank ___

    2 hours making personal hygiene kits for families in need __

    4 hours helping people register to vote __

    2 hours writing letters to soldiers overseas __

    5 hours coaching a youth sport __

    4 hours staffing a phone-a-thon __

    Thank You!

  • September 01, 2022 5:31 PM
    Reply # 12904172 on 12899797

    Hi Sonja! Thanks for doing this. At SMART Reading, we ask volunteers for a commitment to the entire school year if possible, so I don't want to have your message give the impression that volunteers can only volunteer for 2 hours. Each weekly reading session is 1 hour, and there are 27 reading sessions over the school year, so a total of 27 hours of impact.

    We have also recently merged with the Children's Book Bank, so you might want to include a session of 2 hours of repairing previously loved children's books for re-distribution to students.

    Let me know if you need anything else.

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