Skills-based volunteering means leveraging the specialized skills and talents of individuals in corporations to strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofits, helping them build and sustain their capacity to successfully achieve their missions. According to the Deloitte survey “77% of employees say that they believe that skilled volunteers could significantly improve their organization’s business practices.”
How it creates social impact?
By leveraging professional skills in their free time, a volunteer can exponentially increase the impact on the community. Skills-based volunteering can bring out the inner passion of an individual, and help a nonprofit achieve their mission. It enables experts from different sectors to collaborate for a cause and make the world a better place to live. As it proportionally helps to alleviate social issues, the operations at nonprofits can become more efficient, which would lead nonprofits to serve more clients.
Benefits of skills-based volunteering in career and education advancement
1) According to the surveys, volunteer experience plays a big role in building leadership skills.
2) Volunteer experience on your resume can give you a marketing edge and makes your job application more attractive to employers. According to 2016 Deloitte survey “82% of recruiters said that they would be more likely to choose a candidate with volunteer experience on their resumes/CVs.”
3) You will get exposed to a new field and volunteering can also help you switch your career.
4) Volunteering is an opportunity to increase your network and build new relationships.
5) Skills-based volunteering can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Below are the few inspiring stories on how skills-based volunteering has helped ASI volunteers in educational or career advancements:
“Working with ASI has been tremendous! I have learned a lot about projects and nonprofits. The scope of the work has even passed over into other outlets of my professional career.” – Mason Grandusky, WordPress Developer
“ASI has not only given me an opportunity to connect with people from diverse background but also gave me exposure to how the HR sector operates in the US. Mentors at ASI are very supportive, and their timely feedback has helped me in tremendous progress of my career path.” – Jasanpreet Kaur Bhatia, HR Volunteer
“Volunteering at ASI has provided opportunities for exploring professional fields that I have always been interested in, such as product management. The unique self-driven and flexibility aspects of the volunteering programs have allowed me to create a volunteer experience that most interested me. Through this platform, I was able to further develop my leadership, product development, communications, and teamwork skills. I am deeply grateful for this experience and would recommend it to anyone seeking to advance their professional growth.” – Audrey Zhang, Product Manager Volunteer
Skills-based volunteering will enhance the competencies of the volunteers which will eventually help nonprofits accomplish their mission. Skills-based volunteering can open the individuals’ eyes to the skills they never knew they had and grow the ones they currently possess. This helps connect them with the community like never before and create a successful situation for all the parties involved.