When I retired in 2010 I spent some time thinking about the next phase of my life. I have been very blessed and I really wanted to give back. I started looking for a volunteer organization that could utilize my skills and would help me help others. The Know How Network was my link to the needs of the community. Since this is a project based organization I can assist many non-profits and still have flexibility - the best of both worlds. I highly recommend this organization.
The Know How Network is a non-profit with state grant funding. They pair up volunteers with other non-profits and track volunteer hours and progress throughout the assignment.
I have been involved with two volunteer projects with this organization over the past year. Basically, the volunteer interviews with a project manager from KHN who in turn, matches the volunteer whose skills and talents meet a non-profit organization that has requested assistance from KHN.
My first project was as an event coordinator for the KHN annual recognition luncheon. I procurred the veneue, caterer,obtained gift donations for a raffle, tracked and maintained a budget for the event and assisted on-site the day of the event.
My second assignment was to assist Hospice of the East Bay in the role of event coordinator for their Annual Tree of Lights fundraiser. I assisted in the Foundation Department coordinating and helping out where needed.
Both assignments were most rewarding and fulfilling. Carol Barber from KHN was my contact and she was very efficient in checking in with me to see how the project was progressing.
I highly recommend this organization to people who are looking to match their skills to help out a non-profit.