How did you get started in this field?
I have always had a passion for nonprofit work and volunteering. When I graduate from NAU I had several non profit jobs in different areas (such as communication, outreach, program and development.) When I moved to Tucson I got my first volunteer coordinator position and the pieces fell into place. I find joy in helping volunteers find their perfect volunteer role.
What is one technique have you used to recruit volunteers that has worked well for you?
I find posting volunteering opportunities on different recruiting sites has been the most beneficial for our organization.
What is something that you learned that has been really helpful in your career?
That volunteers are an assist and you should really pay attention to their skill sets. If you have a volunteer who is experienced in specific areas that is where you should utilize them. This will benefit the organization and ensure the volunteer is comfortable and happy in their role.
What is your strength and what is one key advice that you would give to a volunteer manager?
I feel that I am easy to talk to. You must be open and willing to listen to the feedback volunteers give you, good and bad.
Who have been your mentors in this field?
My current supervisor Jenny Tatum has been amazing to work with.