Developing a Mutually Beneficial Volunteer Model
Volunteering at the Y and participating in community service projects are fundamental ways to connect the community to its charitable mission. The purpose of this research is to design a volunteer model that intentionally addresses the needs of both the organization and the volunteer. Based on data collected from YMCA staff, volunteers, and external organizations who successfully utilize volunteers on a large scale, a theoretical infrastructure was created and packaged using YMCA of the USA’s Voice guidelines. By intentionally designing a volunteer model that addresses the needs of staff, the Y will enjoy increased resources to deliver its mission. By ensuring that the volunteer model addresses the needs of the volunteer, its volunteers will enjoy a much more rewarding community service experience in terms of health, happiness, and feeling of accomplishment. Once implemented, this mutually beneficial model will result in increased capacity to strengthen the community.