My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The National Military Family Association, Alexandria, VA, USA
I have grown up with this organization from my start as a volunteer proofreader where I helped the editing team review print and web material to this year as their Sydney Talley Hickey grant recipient. While doing background research on best practices for volunteer management, I realized that the National Military Association's had been applying these techniques for years: volunteer recognition through organizational and outside award nominations such as Presidential Voln Service Award; provide training through webinars, one-on-one and conference settings; and offering a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from editing association contact, manning information booths, sharing information with other military families to volunteer coordination roles. While they frequently remind us of the necessity for reporting volunteer hours, they have never let lack of reporting interfere with volunteer support.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Receiving a grant to investigate a current issue for the Association.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
As with any organization, the key will be to keep listening to their volunteers and continue to focus on the areas that enrich the volunteers' experience, like training and personal connections, rather than areas like hours tracking that focus strictly on the organization. So far so good.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Joined Association in order to connect with other military volunteers from not only my branch and component, but all branches and components. I have learned so much, not just about the other branches and components but also how reports from assoc volunteers and representatives supports can lead to improvements in the quality of life for military families.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
My contributions were recognized and appreciated in a timely and personal manner.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?