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Encouraging Volunteerism from Staff: A COA Case Study

Previously we have acknowledged Volunteer Month by writing about starting a workplace volunteer initiative and had a guest post from one of our many wonderful volunteers. This year, we decided we wanted to get a bit more personal. How does COA staff connect with our own volunteer initiatives? What impact does it have on the communities we serve as well as our own? What can others learn from our story?

My Journey as a COA Volunteer

Stan Capela shares some of his most memorable experiences over the last 22 years traveling around the country conducting COA Site Visits, "I have many more stories and these are just a few - they're easy to come by as a Peer Reviewer because the role is about interacting with people and observing inspiring teamwork. When I conduct an entrance meeting, I start by saying 'I know this is a lot of work, but we’ll get through it together.' I tell them that the Site Visit is an opportunity to invite people into their home and share their world, and that we are a family of helpers who have dedicated our lives to helping people in need. Going through the accreditation process is a chance to affirm what we do."