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CUP Recap: Volunteers and Interns

Posted on: July 31st, 2020 by elpayseu

In this session, we hosted Rebecca Nelson with Volunteer Mississippi Northeast Hub to share some strategies for creating virtual opportunities for volunteers.

Rebecca’s top six ways to engage volunteers virtually are:

  • Letter writing – patients, elderly, special populations, teachers, first responders, essential worker
  • Care packages – engage individual volunteers or groups in collecting items for care packages that can be dropped off at specified location or compiled off-site; toiletries and essential items, as well as fun self-care items that can brighten someone’s day
  • Mailings/phone calls – use volunteers to off-load some of the regular office work from home utilizing phone trees and dropping off supplies at individual volunteer homes
  • Zoom ambassadors – create virtual volunteer opportunities for volunteers that can assist with digital needs, perhaps scheduling or moderating Zoom meetings, managing social media, and more. All of these can be done remotely regardless of location.
  • Research – utilize volunteers to do essential research that will support your work. Volunteers can research grant opportunities or potential funding streams or research how-to’s for your agency as you translate work into new contexts and build a new learning curve to meet needs in the current environment
  • Translators, especially for ESL – Volunteers with language skills can be invaluable in helping to translate information and resources, broaden your audience, or reach untapped audiences.

Some additional shared resources:

Download the full transcript (PDF).

CUPS Recap: Technology (7/23/20)

Posted on: July 24th, 2020 by elpayseu

In this CUP session, we focused on opportunities for community-university partnership around technology needs, including website design, social media, and more. We also shared new office initiatives to support these needs:

New Technology Assistance RFP Process 

Our office shared a new application form for nonprofits to submit proposed technology-related projects for student consideration. This RFP form will present us with specific information about projects concerning your organization’s outreach, technology, and communication needs and allow us to solicit and promote your project for with individual students and courses that may be able to address them.

Priority consideration for fall projects will be given to those submitted by Friday, August 7th.

Complete the application online – Request For Proposal

Download the PDF Application. 

GivePulse Overview

In this session, we also previewed GivePulse, the new service management platform that will launch this fall on campus that will help us elevate, celebrate, and sustain community engaged partnerships. In order to best serve our campus and community partners, we will be offering GivePulse training sessions to those interested in engaging with the platform at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, August 11th: 10am – 12pm
  • Wednesday, August 12th: 12pm – 2pm
  • Thursday, August 13th: 2pm – 4pm

These training sessions will take place on Zoom. Invitations to the Zoom meetings will be sent out to participants at a later date.

In order to RSVP to one of the training sessions please complete this form: GivePulse Training


CUPS Recap: Supply Drives & Fundraisers (7/16/20)

Posted on: July 17th, 2020 by elpayseu

In this CUP session, we brainstormed opportunities for community-university partnerships through supply drives and fundraisers. Based on the results of our Nonprofit Impact Survey, these were two pressing community needs identified by our local nonprofit partners.

Session highlights included:

  • Discussion of technology solutions for online auctions (See resource list below)
  • Discussion with campus partners about successful student engagement
  • Launch of GivePulse platform on campus for fall 2020

Shared Resources:

Submit requests for a supply drive or fundraiser for fall 2020 to engaged@olemiss.edu.

Download the Full Transcript (PDF).

CUPS Recap: Nonprofit Impact Survey

Posted on: July 10th, 2020 by elpayseu

For the kickoff for our July Community-University Partnership (CUP) Series, we featured results from our recent nonprofit impact survey.  This survey was administered in May & June 2020 to assess the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on operations and capacity within our local Lafayette-Oxford-University nonprofit community, inform the development of community engagement activities at the university to support LOU community, and to advance community-university partnership to support community resilience and recovery.

This study was funded by the UM Disaster Recovery and Resilience Constellation and supported by campus and community collaborators including UM Economic Development, LOU Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County, the Mississippi Alliance for Nonprofits & Philanthropy, and Volunteer Mississippi.

Study highlights:

  • 63.6% of respondents indicated a high level of concern toward the impact of COVID-19 on their organization.
  • 81.8% of respondents indicated an increased demand for client services, even as decreased fundraising, volunteer, and donor support.
  • Pressing urgent needs included funding, supplies, volunteers, and website/social media presence

Download the Presentation Slides (PDF).

Download the CUP transcript.