Toolkit to help outdoor groups enhance volunteer efforts

Staff report
Posted 9/10/18

Colorado’s oldest and largest outdoor stewardship organization has created an online toolkit to help organizations start, enhance or expand their volunteer efforts. The Stepping Up Stewardship …

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Toolkit to help outdoor groups enhance volunteer efforts

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Colorado’s oldest and largest outdoor stewardship organization has created an online toolkit to help organizations start, enhance or expand their volunteer efforts.

The Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is a project backed by the organization’s 34 years of experience in using volunteers to maintain parks, trails, and public lands.

“With increasing visitation and limited resources, land management agencies rely on volunteers to build and repair trails, restore habitats, and rebuild after fires and floods,” Ann Baker Easley, VOC executive director, said in a news release. “VOC’s 5,000 annual volunteers can only touch a fraction of the maintenance needs in the state. By sharing our own proven practices in organizing, managing, and training volunteers, we hope to expand other organizations’ capacity to tackle the most pressing outdoor stewardship work.”

The toolkit offers step-by-step how-to guides on topics such as project selection, volunteer recruitment and working with youths. Stewardship groups, whether new or established, can complement the knowledge found in each guide with ready-to-use templates and checklists, hands-on training in leadership and technical skills through VOC’s Outdoor Stewardship Institute, and customized additional assistance, if needed.

While the guidance provided by the toolkit was developed over decades of working in Colorado, much of the information will be applicable to groups across the country and the toolkit has already garnered support at the state and national level.

The Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit can be found at www.steppingupstewardship.org. For more information about Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, visit www.voc.org.

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