2024 Affiliate Partner Benefits Nonprofits and volunteers strengthen our community tremendously. The Volunteer Center’s goal is to be the hub of volunteer activity in our community, not merely by helping volunteers find a home, but through helping nonprofits continue their meaningful and vital work. We serve all nonprofits of Brown County and the surrounding area by raising awareness about your organization, its mission, and your volunteer needs. However, we do offer an enhanced level of service through our Affiliate Partner program, which features numerous ways we can help you find and retain volunteers. In 2024, the fee is only $200!* *Thank you to the Schneider National Foundation for their generous donation enabling each organization to automatically receive $50 off the normal annual fee of $250! Yes, I Want to Become an Affiliate Partner for 2024 or Renew My Organization’s Existing Partnership! To take advantage of all the great benefits of being an Affiliate (which you can read more about below), please follow these three steps. Please note: The Affiliate join/renewal process will not be considered finalized until all steps are complete. Fill out the affiliate partnership form (required for both new and renewing Affiliates). You will be given the opportunity to pay the $200 fee via all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AmEx), e-check/ACH, Apple Pay or Google Pay mobile wallets. To renew an existing partnership, fill out the form found here. To begin a new partnership, fill out the form found here. If you are beginning a new partnership OR if you’re renewing, but have updated your logo in the last 12 months, mail your logo to Ruth Paquin, administrative assistant at the Volunteer Center. JPEG or PNG file formats are preferred. Create or update your organization’s agency (page) on Get Connected (a volunteer recruitment portal and an extension of the Volunteer Center’s website). New partners sign up here to create an agency. Renewing partners, update already-existing agencies here. (Though you may feel your agency needs no changes, we ask that you please make any sort of small revision and save it, so that it shows as updated on our end. For example, add/delete/rearrange photos, slightly alter some wording, add/delete a cause.) Contact Ruth Paquin if you are unsure if your organization has an agency or if you need help logging into an already-existing agency. Once you’ve completed all steps and we have finalized them on our end, you will have access to all the benefits! For all the details about the many ways an Affiliate Partnership with the Volunteer Center can help your organization, read on! Benefits of Being an Affiliate Partner in 2024 New for 2024! Affiliates will be allowed the opportunity to create a PSA and/or share information about volunteer opportunities through Civic Media (which will air locally on WGBW 1590 AM/97.9 FM). Logistics will be communicated to Affiliate Partners in early 2024. Membership in Bay Area Managers of Volunteer Services (BAMVS) at no cost to your organization. This group is comprised of volunteer coordinators and staff members from organizations that are looking to learn more about volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition, among other topics important to the field. BAMVS officers will reach out to Affiliates with more details. Volunteer Recruitment: Affiliates always receive top priority for volunteer recruitment and placement. This includes when we reach out looking for volunteer projects for corporate groups, school groups, religious groups, and other groups. UNLIMITED number of postings in the following publications: Volunteer Connect, our weekly e-newsletter sent to more than 2,900 contacts (note: Non-Affiliates will be charged for posting more than once). The Volunteer Times, a monthly listing of volunteer opportunities sent to over 900 contacts, who share it with hundreds of corporate employees, school faculty, and other large groups (note: Non-Affiliates will be charged for posting more than once). Our Facebook page, which is followed by over 5,400 people (note: Non-Affiliates’ needs are not able to be posted on our Facebook page). The Helping Hands section of Sunday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette (note: Non-Affiliates’ needs are not able to be listed in Helping Hands). Organizations who’d like their volunteer opportunities posted across the above-mentioned platforms simply need to fill out the volunteer request form. The Volunteer Center proactively reaches out to corporate groups, religious groups, universities, and other schools and organizations on behalf of Affiliates. Free access to the Get Connected platform, an extension of our website where you have your own agency (page). Features include unlimited volunteer need listings, community event postings, volunteer check-in capabilities, volunteer hours tracking, and more! This also includes staff support to manage your agency when needed. There were over 33,000 agency views in Get Connected between October 2022 and October 2023. Volunteer opportunities posted by organizations on their Get Connected agency will be seen by students, faculty, and staff at UWGB through a partnership with their Student Engagement Center. Recognition, Marketing, and Social Media: Dedicated page on the Volunteer Center website listing Affiliate Partners only, which includes each organization’s logo and a Learn More button (both of which are linked to their agency on the Volunteer Center’s volunteer recruiting portal, Get Connected), as well as Donate and Volunteer buttons, which are linked directly to the organization’s website. Recognition of a different Affiliate Partner each week in the Volunteer Connect (our e-newsletter), on Facebook, and in the Helping Hands section of Sunday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette. All but the Helping Hands listing will include the organization’s logo, as well as a brief description of their mission and current volunteer opportunities. If desired, Affiliates’ volunteer needs can be posted or shared on the Volunteer Center’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Additional Benefits: An updated resource library on the Volunteer Center’s website, where Affiliates can access documents related to recruitment, retention, and best practices, and update contact information for their organization quickly and securely. The Volunteer Center’s conference room is available for reservations Monday-Thursday for meetings, volunteer trainings, etc. We currently have space for up to 12 people to meet comfortably. Chairs, tables, a dry erase board, and Wi-Fi are available for use. Groups may bring in food/beverages. Contact Volunteer Center staff to coordinate days and times. Personal check-ins with Affiliates throughout the year by Volunteer Center staff. Coffee & Collaboration: Meeting every two months, this group is designed to foster conversation and potential partnerships between Affiliate Partners of the Volunteer Center. Attendees will have a chance to speak about their organization, learn from other nonprofits, and share best practices, successes, and challenges. Volunteer Center staff will craft meetings to focus on specific topics (volunteer recruitment, utilizing volunteers, volunteer retention, volunteer recognition, etc.). This group is designed to be a casual way to meet other nonprofits and share ideas and awareness. Free entry into our 7th Annual Community-Wide Volunteer Expo in September 2024 (see highlights of our 2023 Expo). Board member recruitment support and placement assistance. If you’re ready to become an Affiliate or renew your existing Affiliate Partnership for 2024, click HERE. Not quite ready to become an Affiliate Partner? Here is some information for Non-Affiliate organizations: Free Benefits for Non-Affiliates One volunteer opportunity listed once per year in the weekly Volunteer Connect. One volunteer opportunity listed once per year in the monthly Volunteer Times. A La Carte Benefits for Non-Affiliates (prices vary) Access to our Get Connected platform for $50 for the year, which includes unlimited volunteer need listings, community event postings, volunteer check-in capabilities, volunteer hours tracking, and more. There were over 33,000 agency views in Get Connected between October 2022 and October 2023. Postings in the monthly Volunteer Times newsletter for $40 per month (after the first free month). Postings in the weekly Volunteer Connect e-newsletter for $20 per week (after the first free week). $100 entry fee for our 7th Annual Volunteer Expo in September 2024. Definitions Get Connected – A volunteer recruitment portal and an extension of the Volunteer Center’s website; each organization has its own agency (page) here. A place where new and returning volunteers browse to learn more about opportunities to volunteer in our area; accessed by thousands of volunteers yearly. Helping Hands – An item in each Sunday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette, featuring a volunteer of the week, the Affiliate Partner of the week, and four or five Affiliate volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Connect – A weekly e-newsletter distributed to thousands of people that lists upcoming volunteer opportunities, a volunteer of the week, and the Affiliate Partner of the week. Volunteer Times – A monthly newsletter with an at-a-glance listing of volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Expo – An annual event with networking, conversation, and refreshments with many of Brown County’s nonprofit organizations where attendees can discover ways to help serve their community. We look forward to partnering with your organization to help raise its profile and get you the volunteers you need for the important work you do! For more information or if you have questions, contact Interim Executive Director Leanne Baeten at 920-600-0186 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Administrative Assistant Ruth Paquin at 920-600-0183 or email@example.com.