National Volunteer Shortage Threatens Stability of NGOs (news)

 

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National Volunteer Shortage Threatens Stability of Nonprofit Programming

Nonprofits in Arizona are having a hard time getting volunteers to come back compared to pre-Covid times, as reported by Axios. This represents a continuation of a broader trend since the onset of the pandemic, where nonprofits have seen volunteer participation decline nationally. Nonprofits like the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona say they may have to stop providing meals because of increased costs and lack of volunteers. Higher gas prices, coupled with fewer work-associated volunteer outings as well as remaining concerns about Covid may have contributed to the decrease. This animal nonprofit in California is entirely volunteer-run and has seen funding decrease by 30% since the onset of the pandemic. Decreases in volunteer participation threaten the stability of the hundreds of thousands of volunteer-led organizations throughout the country.

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[00:00:00] This week on the nonprofit news feed, we’re talking about, uh, national volunteer shortage as it rolls out and continues, Nick, how’s it going? It’s going good, George, how are you? First week of July? We are we’re in the, I guess that means the second half of the year we’re doing it. We’re doing it. We’re now in Q3.

[00:00:23] Oh, everything’s gonna look brighter, shinier and better forget Q1 and Q2 of this year, they were junk. Things are gonna be completely new and fresh and a lot of nonprofits starting their new fiscal years. So, you know, you can, you can, re-plan based on the new information. Absolutely. I’m bullish on the success of Q3, but let’s go right into it.

[00:00:46] Our first story comes, uh, as we talk about an increasing trend, which is a national volunteer shortage, that’s threatening the stability of nonprofit programming. So as reported by AIOS nonprofits in Arizona in particular are having a hard time getting volunteers to come back compared. Pre COVID times.

[00:01:10] And while this represents a broader trend, the article talks about how nonprofits like the Ronald McDonald’s house charities of central and Northern Arizona say they may have to stop providing meals because of increased costs and lack of volunteers, some of the contributing factors or potentially higher gas prices.

[00:01:29] Coupled with fewer work associated volunteer events, as well as of course remaining concerns about COVID that may have contributed to the decrease in the first place. Um, so just a small anecdote, but from a trend that we’ve been tracking for a while that we know is occurring nationally, George, what’s your thoughts on.

[00:01:50] We talked about this early with volunteer match as well, the CEO, Greg Baldwin at the time of saying like, what are you seeing? And it, you know, it was clear that there were a lot more opportunities being posted than there were, uh, people necessarily filling them and to continue that. Into this year, corporate volunteering.

[00:02:09] Right? What does it mean when we’re not all in the office together, doing things together, local and community. What does it look like over time? As we have maybe moved away from central areas in certain communities? As part of the like work from work from home, the second order effects are, are pretty real where

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