Aug 5, 2016
by Megan Hill
Did you know that Volunteer Missoula was founded by a group of volunteers in 2012 and is still operating solely with the help of volunteers in 2016?
In 2012, we started conversations about designing an interactive website that could help connect volunteers and nonprofits to each other quickly and easily. The conversation was orchestrated by a group of individuals who called themselves the Missoula Volunteer Alliance and later became known as the Volunteer Missoula Steering Committee. In the fall of 2015, the Volunteer Missoula Advisory Council decided that the group needed a face lift. Although it has taken some time to organize our thoughts and put them into action, we have come up with what we hope will be a great new structure for involving the larger community in our activities and fostering greater collaboration between and among all volunteers, volunteer management professionals, nonprofits, and corporate volunteering programs in Missoula. The plan is to offer quarterly networking sessions that include food, informational presentations, and networking opportunities. We hope that you will join us at our first event on August 16th from 8-9am at Burns Street Bistro and help shape the future of Volunteer Missoula.
On Tuesday, August 16th from 8-9am Volunteer Missoula will host a professional breakfast for volunteers, volunteer management professionals, and leaders in the nonprofit industry at Burns St Bistro, located at 1500 Burns Street in Missoula's Westside neighborhood. There is a $5 suggested donation.
For one hour, participants will have opportunity to gain insight into current and upcoming Volunteer Missoula initiatives, ask questions and give feedback about the organization's future plans, engage in networking exercises to help us start and continue conversations around volunteerism in Missoula, and enjoy a biscuit and gravy breakfast (veggie option available) with colleagues.
Volunteer Missoula will host these networking events on a quarterly basis with the hope of creating a place where professionals and volunteers can improve collaboration and expand access to volunteer management resources. One of the quarterly events will offer awards to volunteers, volunteer management professionals, and nonprofits in Missoula to recognize outstanding achievements in the volunteer management field.