The Future of Volunteering – Strengthening Communities Through Volunteering, is a conference organised in partnership between Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre, Monash Volunteer Resource Centre and Eastern Volunteers.
The conference follows from the Community Conference organised last year by Eastern Volunteers, with an emphasis on strengthening communities and enhancing the ability of community based organisations in being able to attract and retain volunteers.
I was one of the speakers for the workshops that were held during the afternoon, where I discussed the potential of technology, including social media, in recruiting and maintaining volunteer involvement within an organisation. Community based organisations need to be able to communicate directly with the community and technology provides an opportunity for this to occur.
I also covered the need for integration via secure and centralised database systems to reduce duplication and to make it easier to manage contact details. This saves time by ensuring consistent information and ensuring that details are available for mail merges and marketing activities.
The Conference was attended by over 150 participants from a range of community based organisations, providing the ability to learn new skills to strengthen community based volunteering.
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