Nonprofits see decrease in volunteers

(WEAU) - “Last several years we have noticed a decrease in the number of volunteers we have coming in,” said CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, Craig Monson.

Due to a fluctuating economy, some nonprofit organizations are seeing firsthand fewer volunteers.

“When we do large campaigns we kind of get some back but overall our normal volunteer recruitment is down the past three years,” said Monson.

While other organizations, such as United Way, have seen consistency the last few years.

“As an organization, United Way has actually seen pretty consistent volunteer numbers, but we have forty-four nonprofit agencies that we work with in Chippewa and Eau Claire,” said Dustin Olson, Director of Resource Development of United Way.

Although volunteers may be going down due to the economy, people are still finding ways to spend time to help the community

“Volunteering is important in this area and I’m well aware of the effects volunteering can have firsthand, as I used to be a very troubled youth who was really on the wrong path,” said Mike Falk, Development/Marketing Intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.

Dustin Olson of United Way and Craig Monson of Big Brothers Big Sisters feel they understand why numbers may be decreasing.

“People looking for jobs are putting their time and energy towards looking for jobs as opposed to volunteer opportunities,” said Olson.

“Seems that people are committing less to the long term volunteer activities which is what ours is a long term commitment, versus the short term ones,” said Monson.

Mike Falk believes that once he starts a full-time job, he will find the time to continue volunteering.

“Money is great, but it doesn’t really help much. When you actually impact the life of a child, that is true happiness,” said Falk.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
  • by ed Location: mpls on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:18 PM
    Well said Mr Olson
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 138815759 -
Gray Television, Inc.