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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.

Basecamp for NH Volunteer Administrators

This group is for those managing volunteers in New Hampshire to:

Share best practices and announcements relevant to their peers  l  Ask questions that others in the group may have answers to  l  Post/Access resources.

Please note that Volunteer NH offers this forum for collaboration, however, we do not vet or moderate content posted on this site.

NH Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) Taskforce

A statewide group aiming to strengthen the profession through education, networking, and recognition.

This group currently exists as a Taskforce under Volunteer NH and meets quarterly for:

Resource sharing  l  Live problem-solving  l  Legislative updates  l  Other updates and discussion related to the field of volunteer administration.

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

    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

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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

      Website: https://artsinreach.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      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

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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

      Website: https://www.nhyouth.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      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 Forever International

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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

      Website: https://havennh.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      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

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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

      Website: https://qcbike.org/

      Get Connected Profile

      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

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

      Get Connected Profile

      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.

      NEW in 2022: VGF Mini-Grants

      Volunteer NH subgranted $1,000 – $4,000 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) mini-grants for specific, one-time needs. The intention for these federal AmeriCorps funds is to support local entities serving New Hampshire communities to recruit, manage, support, and retain individuals serving in high-quality volunteer assignments. Compared to the VGF Cohort, this opportunity was designed to have a simpler application process, specific funding categories, and minimal reporting – minimizing the barriers to accessing this funding.

      Organizations receiving funding:

      • Cornerstone VNA
      • Families in Transition
      • FIRST New Hampshire Robotics
      • Lebanon Opera House
      • Makers Mill (G.A.L.A. Community Center)
      • New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc.
      • Newmarket Community Church
      • Partnership for Public Health, Inc.
      • Racial Unity Team

      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.