December 2014 Newsletter


New Study: Volunteer Engagement in the Public Sector

Reimagining Service strongly believes in the importance of volunteer engagement coming to life in multiple sectors. We've seeded the nonprofit service enterprise model and presented new ideas for companies. Now, we're broadening our attention to look at the public sector, in part because 25% of volunteerism takes place in this space, according to Gallup. After an interview-based study of public sector volunteer engagement across various levels of government, Reimagining Service is releasing a new set of research and resources that looks at effective volunteer engagement in the public sector.


As a result of this research, we've identified eight characteristics that illuminate effective volunteer engagement in the public sector. These characteristics range from:

  • ensuring that the volunteer engagement strategy complements the agency or department mission; to
  • navigating organizational, legal, and policy environments; and
  • engaging and equipping paid employees to maximize success.


Check out the complete PowerPoint deck that highlights the characteristics and vignettes as well as summarizes key findings.



Volunteers and Government, Working Together

Blog Post: "A common thread among our public sector interviewees [involved in our study] was the - often surprising - interplay between stability and innovation. The best volunteer initiatives take root in public institutions and grow by investing in and adding value to their public sector environments. A stable bureaucratic environment certainly requires its coordinators who oversee volunteer engagement to practice patience and persistence, but if you think public administration necessarily stifles innovation, think again." Read more.  




New Case Study on the California State Library 
Our newest case study, Get Involved Initiative: Powered by Your Library, chronicles how the California State Library and its current 183 library jurisdictions, in partnership with VolunteerMatch, built a successful and sustainable initiative for engaging skills-based volunteers.  



Webinar on Volunteer Engagement in the Public Sector


On January 15, 10 AM PST/1 PM EST, we're partnering with America's Service Commissions (ASC) for a webinar on effective volunteer engagement in the public sector. The presenters will dive into more detail about our study and provide time for questions and answers. Register today.



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