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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!

For Volunteers

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

2021 Conference Page  l  2020 Conference Page

Click on a category to view session recordings from the 2020 & 2021 conferences.

*Recorded without a live audience

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: 2020-2021 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

      Website: https://www.rescueleague.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is grateful to be able to invest further in its volunteer program thanks to the VGF grant. This funding is enabling us to create virtual trainings and to enhance in-person trainings to better prepare our volunteers for success. The grant allows us to expand our volunteer led Humane Education program to better serve the children in our community. Volunteer appreciation is more important than ever in these unusual times and this grant has allowed us to invest more in our appreciation efforts. 

      AVA Gallery and Art Center

      Website: https://avagallery.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: AVA Gallery and Art Center has utilized VGF funds to effectively increase our volunteer capacity and kickstart a variety of new projects. Since receiving the grant, we increased our Greeter/Front Desk occupancy by 80%, begun in-person adult and children’s classes in our facilities, assisted by an average of 1-2 volunteers per class, and are on track to open the AVA Members Gallery Shop on May 1 which will be run by artist member volunteers.  Additionally, the increase in our volunteer base led to the creation of a veterans/vet families program and another new program engaging participants in elder care facilities.

      Belknap County Conservation District

      Website: http://www.belknapccd.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: The VGF grant has made it possible to enlist the support of a Volunteer Coordinator, thereby enabling the Belknap County Conservation District to spend the time required to do outreach and form community connections. A variety of factors – such as an improved website, new outreach materials, and new partners sharing BCCD volunteer opportunities – have already led to an increase in the volunteer base.

      Friends Forever, Inc.

      Website: https://www.ff.international/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: Friends Forever International’s VGF project focuses on developing our marketing and outreach strategy in order to recruit more community volunteers. Additionally, we are creating a structure for our volunteer program through the development of a volunteer handbook. These community volunteers will directly impact our New Hampshire programs as we begin to work with more partners across the state.

      Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

      Website: https://www.girlscoutsgwm.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: Our Volunteer Support team here at Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is focusing our VGF project on our new technology-driven membership management system. The focal point of this system, Volunteer Systems 2.0 (VS 2.0), will be used to manage over 2,000 volunteers. Girl Scout staff will receive training on VS 2.0 and then provide support, feedback, and training to volunteers who are new to the system. As volunteers begin using VS 2.0 and we streamline both internal and external processes to ensure the roll-out is smooth and that volunteer support is adequate, our staff will identify the long-term strategic benefits of the new system so that it can continue to be easy-to-use, intuitive, and customer-focused.

      HAVEN Violence Prevention and Support Services

      Website: https://havennh.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: With this funding, HAVEN intends to develop rich, comprehensive, and interactive online training for volunteer advocates, interns, and AmeriCorps members. These trainings will be more accessible for all advocates, be adaptable to various learning styles, and be self-paced. The project will require HAVEN to purchase online training platform software; to translate existing content to an online-friendly format; to utilize staff as subject matter experts (SME’s) for asynchronous content, to create the training and testing modules; and to create an online assessment tool.

      Lakes Region Community Developers

      Website: https://www.lrcommunitydevelopers.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: Our project is designed to activate our residents into community volunteers.  To accomplish this we are working with residents to form Resident Councils at their individual housing communities.  Resident Councils help increase community building and engagement by planning and organizing various events for residents of the respective property. The goal is to strengthen the voices and skills of our residents to empower them to be volunteer leaders.

      Merrimack River Watershed Council

      Website: http://merrimack.org/about/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: The Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) aims to increase skilled, multi-year volunteerism around improvements to water quality and access to greenspace for southern NH residents. By establishing consistent and engaging opportunities to volunteer through our Community Science program, that both value and encourage the skills of community members, and have practical and direct effects on the quality of their neighborhoods, we believe that the community itself can affect solutions to our overlapping social and environmental problems.

      The Music Hall

      Website: https://www.themusichall.org/

      Project Summary: With the support of VGF, The Music Hall plans to establish a well-structured, sustainable intergenerational recruitment program to create an age-diverse volunteer corps. We aim to provide learning opportunities, a sense of purpose, and a place where people can draw upon their life and work experiences and share their unique skills as they support the mission of The Music Hall.

      Willing Hands Enterprises

      Website: http://www.willinghands.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      Project Summary: Willing Hands will expand our volunteer base through a variety of recruitment strategies to help us grow, glean, and distribute more fresh healthy food to those in need in the Upper Valley. We will develop a volunteer appreciation program, and establish a process to train skills-based volunteers to fill key roles that will complement the staff time dedicated to our charitable garden, gleaning, and food recovery operations, and that will help us better support our recipient organization partners.

      Get Connected

      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.