Below is Barrington Area Volunteer Connection’s second installment of their new profile program, highlighting featured non-profits using BAVC. Keep reading for the profile of Barrington Youth & Family Services (BYFS).
Interview with Betsy Wintringer – Executive Director | Barrington Youth & Family Services (BYFS)
How do you utilize volunteers at BYFS?
What tips do you have for new or existing volunteers or nonprofits looking for volunteers?
- Make sure the role is clearly defined- that there are clearly defined objectives and that a timeline is in place.
- Be mindful of the time you are asking from the volunteer and make sure to honor the commitment and that the time is used in a meaningful way.
- Make sure that what your volunteer is looking for aligns with your organization’s mission and what you are looking for so that you truly are a match made for each other!
- Make sure to check in with the volunteer to make sure they are benefitting from their time with the organization as much as your organization is. Seek feedback when possible
How did you become involved with the organization?
What do you feel is the most important benefit your organization provides to the community? Or what do you feel is the best thing about your organization?
How has your organization handled the challenges during Covid, as far as your services, programs, staffing, etc?
For BYFS, it meant adopting a new way of delivering our services. Within 48 hours of the COVID shutdown, we adopted a new platform and set of procedures for conducting telehealth. This meant that our AMAZING counselors had to learn new ways of connecting with clients and virtually building trust with a client- components critical to their success. Thankfully, today we are back to seeing almost 90% of our clients in person. We do have new safety protocols that we are following and many will remain in place post-Covid.
Interesting in becoming a part of Barrington Area Volunteer Connection? Join today at volunteer.thebavc.org!