About Our NobleCause Grant
An exciting new volunteer opportunity is emerging at The Richmond Art Center!
The Richmond Art Center has recently been awarded a grant by NobleCause, a grant competition designed to help nonprofits expand and diversify their volunteer program. With this grant the Art Center would like to create a more visible presence of the Richmond population in its volunteer program, and allow those who live in the community to easily access the center, and take full advantage of our volunteer program and its benefits. The first step of this project will be to create a board of empowered volunteer leaders, a governance team, who will be essential in creating new goals for our volunteer program, and along with our volunteer coordinator, decide on new recruitment and retention strategies. Once decided upon, the volunteer coordinator and the governance team will implement these new goals and strategies to achieve a volunteer body that is more representative of the Richmond community. This includes focusing on our target demographics such as men, young volunteers, and people of color. The governance team will give a voice to our volunteers, and will become a permanent fixture that represents the interests, concerns, and issues of all those who volunteer at The Richmond Art Center.
What is the commitment?
- Applicants will self-nominate and six individuals will be elected by a committee of Art Center staff and volunteers
- Each volunteer leader will commit to at least one year, at max 2
- Once an elected member’s term is up, they will be able to help select their successor, keeping the integrity of the board, intact
- Elected volunteer leaders will attend bimonthly meetings with the volunteer coordinator where discussions, revisions and reflections can take place
What are the benefits?
- Each volunteer will attend two professional development courses for volunteer management and will visit other volunteer programs with a successful, diverse volunteer base; you will be able to include these courses on your resume
- Letters of Recommendation for those who qualify
- Volunteer leaders will gain training in leadership, outreach, and community enrichment
- Membership/discount opportunities that come with volunteering at The Richmond Art Center
- Those committed to community enrichment and development
- A dedication to the pursuit, purpose, and benefits of volunteerism
- An understanding and commitment to The Richmond Art Center’s goals and mission
- Individuals who believe in art as a transformative experience
- Those who enjoy being around people and cultivating new relationships
- A commitment to being present for trainings, meetings, and the execution of a more inclusive and dynamic volunteer program
- Those seeking to develop leadership and outreach skills
- Must be 18 or older
This project was sponsored by NobleCause, made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by Noblehour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful, measurable acts of goodness