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Volunteer NH engages New Hampshire Communities to solve local challenges through volunteerism.
It is our goal to equip organizations and volunteers of all kinds with appropriate training, tools, and recognition.
Tools & Best Practices
Our Volunteer Resource Center is designed to benefit anyone engaged in volunteerism. Whether you are a volunteer manager seeking to strengthen your program, a business professional supporting social responsibility initiatives, or an individual volunteering within your community – we have something for you.
For Volunteer Managers
Engage volunteers to address community needs more effectively by learning how to:
Design effective and accessible volunteer opportunities l Recruit l Screen l Onboard and train l Provide support and feedback l Recognize and address discrimination l Track and communicate volunteer impact l Provide recognition… and more!
For Business Professionals
Support the community that your business is a part of by learning how to:
Increase the impact of your company’s social responsibility initiatives l Recognize and address discrimination l Track and communicate volunteer impact… and more!
Improve your volunteer experience and impact by learning how to:
Assess what you bring to an organization as a volunteer l Sharpen your skills to increase your volunteer impact l Communicate effectively… and more!
Special Feature: Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism
Volunteer NH hosts the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism as a professional development opportunity for volunteer managers, nonprofit employees, AmeriCorps members & staff, and corporate employees. Through this unique training experience, individuals can walk away with the tools to strengthen New Hampshire’s volunteer programs and organizations.
42 recorded sessions available l 496 registered attendees in 2021 l entirely free for all to access
Click on a category to view session recordings from the 2020 & 2021 conferences.
*Recorded without a live audience
Volunteer Recruitment & Management
Marketing & Technology
Social Responsibility & Civic Engagement
Health & Wellness
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF)
The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) strengthens nonprofit organizations to recruit and retain volunteers to meet critical community needs. Volunteer NH utilizes VGF to support volunteerism state-wide.
During the 2020-2021 grant year:
$214,315 awarded to 10 NH nonprofits l 39,135+ volunteer hours served with affiliated nonprofits l 920+ new volunteers registered with Get Connected, our volunteer matching database
VGF Mini-Grant Opportunity
Volunteer will be accepting VGF applications for specific, one-time needs in 2022.
These federal AmeriCorps funds will be subgranted through Volunteer NH with the intention of supporting local entities serving New Hampshire communities to recruit, manage, support, and retain individuals serving in high quality volunteer assignments.
There will be guidelines as to what funds can be used for, which may include things such as purchasing volunteer management software and costs for hosting a volunteer training event.
If you are interested in being notified when this opportunity is available, please submit this form. We will also post the opportunity on our social media and share with our email list (subscribe here).
Special Feature: 2021-2022 VGF Cohort
Volunteer NH subgrants VGF funding to a variety of nonprofit organizations with ideas for projects that:
expand volunteering l strengthen the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers l develop strategies to use volunteers effectively to solve problems
Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire
Service Area: New Hampshire
Project Activities: hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator to expand and manage our Volunteer and Volunteer-led programs.
Project Goals: build on the investment from the FY20 funding to build additional training, capacity and volunteer roles for our Canister, Foster, Humane Education, in-kind donation, animal socialization and corporate days of service programs.
Arts in Reach
Service Area: Greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire
Project Activities: recruiting, training, and managing a new volunteer team of adults and teens who are involved in AIR’s art-based programs.
Project Goals: build AIR’s capacity to cultivate an ethic of volunteerism among adults and teens as members of the Good Gang who volunteer at AIR and other nonprofit organizations in need of support across the Greater Seacoast.
Belknap County Conservation District
Service Area: Belknap County, New Hampshire
Project Activities: expanding volunteers engaged in environmental stewardship and food assistance.
Project Goals: create a coordinated and collaborative community-based volunteer program for Belknap County. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with environmental stewardship and food assistance organizations across the County, matching individuals interested in assisting their community as volunteers with local needs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire
Service Area: Greater Concord and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
Project Activities: creating and delivering 1) Boys & Girls Club policies and practices trainings for new volunteers and 2) volunteer management trainings to site directors.
Project Goals: help hundreds of youth graduate from high school prepared for the next step, serve as engaged citizens and adopt healthy lifestyles by training and managing skills-based volunteers to support enrichment programming.
Friends of Aine
Service Area: Manchester, Merrimack, and remotely throughout New Hampshire
Project Activities: developing a comprehensive volunteer program focusing on the recruitment, training, supervision, and retention of volunteer program facilitators.
Project Goals: expand Friends of Aine’s grief support programs to support the growing number of children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Friends Forever, Inc.
Service Area: Durham and the greater Seacoast Region of New Hampshire
Project Activities: recognizing our volunteers, planning and executing service days, and creating long-term partnerships with other local nonprofits.
Project Goals: enhance our volunteer program and have a positive impact on the greater Seacoast community.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
Service Area: New Hampshire
Project Activities: utilizing Volunteer Systems 2.0, gsLearn (our online learning platform), and information gathered from our current and former volunteers during focus groups and surveys, we will increase staffing for the recruitment and support of first time volunteers, with particular focus on new troop leaders.
Project Goals: increase retention rates for first time volunteers, increase volunteer satisfaction, and increase overall volunteer numbers to sustain our programming.
HAVEN Violence Prevention and Support Services
Service Area: the 48 cities/towns of Strafford and Rockingham counties, New Hampshire
Project Activities: 1) evaluating and improving the online training & testing platform for our volunteer advocates, 2) recruiting volunteers to participate in the online training, and 3) exploring ways to make the online training available to other domestic violence and sexual assault crisis agencies in the state.
Project Goals: expand availability of training to enlist more volunteers, who play a key role in meeting the rapidly increasing demand for services.
Lakes Region Community Developers
Service Area: Laconia, Meredith, Wolfeboro, and Ashland, New Hampshire
Project Activities: working to bolster the resident councils that were established in 2020-2021 in Laconia, Meredith, and Wolfeboro and to establish a new resident council in Ashland.
Project Goals: help increase community building and to strengthen the voices and skills of community, resident, and volunteer leaders.
Merrimack River Watershed Council
Service Area: greater Concord, greater Manchester and greater Nashua, New Hampshire
Project Activities: conducting outreach, recruitment, a series of technical and interpersonal skillstrainings, and ongoing technical assistance for volunteers.
Project Goals: increase the organization’s capacity to facilitate impactful volunteer experiences while conducting shoreline cleanups and green space stewardship events rooted in a community need for a healthy river and universal access to clean green space.
Queen City Bicycle Collective
Service Area: the Manchester, New Hampshire, community
Project Activities: attracting, training, and managing a competent volunteer workforce capable of providing effective service to our Collective and for our community.
Project Goals: increase the Collective’s organizational capacity to consistently meet its mission by growing the involvement of a diverse group of passionate, committed volunteers.
Willing Hands Enterprises
Service Area: the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire
Project Activities: recruiting new volunteers, training skilled volunteer leaders, and executing a volunteer appreciation program.
Project Goals: increase the quantity of food grown and gleaned for distribution to local food shelves.
Volunteer NH and Granite United Way have partnered to bring you Get Connected, an online hub for volunteerism in New Hampshire. Volunteers use Get Connected to find nearby opportunities that fit their interests and schedules. Nonprofits use it to attract, manage and report on volunteer activities in their organizations. Needs are searchable and categorized by location, organization and/or focus (such as animals, disaster relief, etc.).
With Get Connected, both volunteering and volunteer recruitment have never been easier.