Volunteer Program Assessment at UNO
Developing future leaders through mentoring, scholarship and community engagement
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The mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA-UNO) is to provide quantitative and qualitative data and feedback to non-profit organizations from the perspective of their volunteers with the goal of improving volunteer and organizational outcomes. VPA-UNO is a UNO-based organization consisting of faculty and students dedicated to helping community agencies, including local, regional, national, and international agencies, to assess the experiences of volunteers in order to ultimately improve volunteer satisfaction, performance and retention, and to enable the agencies to better serve their populations.
VPA-UNO offers consulting services to nonprofit organizations in an effort to improve volunteer experiences at all the agencies we serve. The free VPA-UNO core survey assesses volunteer engagement and organizational commitment, which have been shown to be drivers of volunteer retention. Additional services are offered to ensure nonprofit organizations provide a powerful volunteer program that contributes to the overall success and welfare of the community. In addition to benefits to the community, VPA-UNO makes a significant difference in the lives of UNO students and faculty.
Through participation in VPA-UNO, students learn about issues facing nonprofit and governmental organizations utilizing volunteers, challenges and opportunities associated with recruiting, developing, and retaining volunteers, and relevant theories of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Management, and other fields. Moreover, participating in VPA-UNO develops student into better leaders, and teaches them valuable communication, research, and consulting skills. UNO faculty benefit from VPA-UNO because they get the opportunity to teach their students in an interactive environment. Furthermore, faculty are able to develop their expertise in a unique field of study, and contribute more publications and presentations to a number of different fields. These research contributions further develop UNO as a high quality research institute, and VPA-UNO’s overall service and research contributions increase the visibility of the university in the community.
VPA-UNO is maintained by faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.