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lydjoseph

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Review for Nuzzles and Co, Park City, UT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a relatively new, virtual volunteer for Friends of Animals Utah. I work from my home (wherever that might be) to improve the volunteer experience for our volunteers. I love my volunteer job and find that it fits perfectly with my lifestyle and with my desire to make a difference.

I interact (via email) with a team of other volunteers to define and accomplish our goals. I've learned many new skills and absolutely love having something "important" (like saving animals) in my life.

My challenge is two-fold: increase the number of volunteers we have and improve the volunteer experience-once we have them. I can't do it alone: so my challenge is to find additional volunteers who are team-spirited, experienced, dedicated and able to help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every week, I hear stories from people who want to volunteer for FOAU because the dog or cat they adopted from us changed their lives. I've also personally experienced the awesome skills of our operations manager, Cathy Clark. To see Cathy in action is a delight. Cathy is one of FOAU's most important assets. I've also fostered an animal for FOAU. A truly rewarding experience. (I could go on and on...)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The changes I would like to see at FOAU are regarding the "new volunteer experience. I'd like to see the transition from "new volunteer" to "experienced volunteer" go more smoothly. I have a huge list of things that I think would help in that transition. If anyone out there is interested in helping me tackle that list, write to me at [email protected]

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would like to see a central repository of information about FOAU that is easy to access. When I first started as a professional volunteer for FOAU, it took me a long time to learn about the organization (and I'm still learning). I had to rely on meeting with people so they could tell me what I needed to know. I love meeting with people, but it takes a much longer time to become an effective professional virtual volunteer. I have additional thoughts on this subject--if anyone would like to know more.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Volunteering definitely had an effect on me. I haven't had a job in a long while and I felt I needed a challenge. My volunteer assignment at FOAU has satisfied that craving. I've met some really interesting and wonderful people that I hope will go on to become long time friends. And I'm the lucky one who gets to read all of the volunteer applications from our prospective volunteers. We sure do have some high quality, dedicated people out there who want to volunteer for FOAU.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Volunteering for FOAU has given me a purpose to my life. I'm constantly thinking of ways I can help FOAU grow and improve. All my life, I've always wanted to help animals and now I'm finally doing that. No more wishing I could do something, because I am doing something...and that is priceless.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I'm the volunteer coordinator for FOAU. I'm responsible for all aspects of the volunteer experience.