Case Study: Community Commons
Volunteers Contribute over $12,000 worth of Services in One Year to Community Commons
From September 2004-August
2005, Community Commons in Frederick, MD hosted an Americorps volunteer
as its Volunteer Coordinator. She worked to recruit volunteers, build
the volunteer program, and reach out to interested community members.
During her service, the Volunteer Coordinator took the following steps
toward building a stronger volunteer program:
- Expanded Community
Commons' recruitment efforts by soliciting volunteers through local
services, newspapers, and organizations, including Volunteer Frederick,
a local volunteer clearinghouse; the Community Commons newsletters;
Boy Scouts of America; Frederick Community College; 4-H; and the Master
Gardeners of Frederick County. In addition, postings on national and
international Web sites, such as Idealist.org, justvolunteers.org, volunteermatch.org,
and craigslist.org, attracted new people that may not have normally
volunteered with Community Commons.
- Developed a handbook,
orientation, and training for new volunteers.
- Wrote position descriptions for a variety of activities, such staffing a booth at Earth Day, preparing membership mailings, writing articles for Community Common's newsletter, presenting homeowner workshops to local organizations, serving on the board or committees, and distributing the Monocacy Water Trailway map and brochure.
As a result of the efforts of the Volunteer Coordinator, Community Commons recruited 106 new volunteers in one year. A total of 320 people volunteered, completing 704 hours of service valued at $12,355.20 (at a rate of $17.55 per hour). All of these helped to build a sustainable program where volunteers are excited to give their time and have necessary guidance and attention.
Community Commons, Inc.
49 South Carroll Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Community Commons Web site (www.communitycommons.org)
E-mail Community Commons (firstname.lastname@example.org)