Volunteer Impact Partnership

Meeting your mission in a time of change.

Today many human services groups are caught in a vise: more demand for their help, but significantly reduced resources. Continuing to deliver their mission will require tough choices and creative thinking.

Using volunteers more effectively is one of the strategies. Drawing on our expertise in volunteer management and deep community connections, United Way is here to help. We bring extra focus and resources to the work through a successful, expanding program called the Volunteer Impact Partnership, or VIP. We started VIP in 2009 and have so far helped 115 area organizations to broaden volunteerism.

There are two ways that VIP can help you, through VIP 360 and through the VIP Manager Corps. Space in each is limited. Recruitment for 2015 participants ends December 31, 2014.


Create an organizational shift and a roadmap for moving forward

  • For 14 organizations
  • Planning, training and peer support to help your organization make deeper use of volunteers
  • Expert support to help turn plans into action

Build your capacity to manage volunteers

  • For 18 organizations
  • Benefit from a 10 hour/week volunteer to help improve your volunteer program
  • Create the basic tools and systems you need

Funded by United Way, the services of the Volunteer Impact Partnership are provided by United Way staff and our partners at 501Commons, a management support organization for nonprofits. 501 Commons leverages the professional skills and talents of more than 75 volunteers to deliver these programs.

VIP works!

Read more about the program’s successes here.

One example: the number of meals served in 2010 at Teen Feed increased nearly 20 percent as a result of VIP training. Teen Feed now purposefully supports its volunteer team, recognizing volunteers not as “free labor” but as essential in pursuing its mission. The staff team counts coaching and training volunteers among the favorite aspects of their jobs, noting that VIP “completely changed the game” for them.

And this: “VIP helped us amplify our volunteer program. We’re witnessing the results of having a solid structure, enhanced coordination and stronger leadership—thank you.” —Mimi Siegel, Executive Director, Kindering

  us on facebook