Success Story: Imerman Angels
We are always looking to showcase the connections between our nonprofits and volunteers, so our Executive Director, Andrea Ziel, recently talked with Stephanie Chapman, Office and Volunteer Manager at Imerman Angels, to learn more about their experience with WomenOnCall. Imerman Angels is a Chicago-based organization that provides personalized connections to enable one-on one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Imerman Angels provides absolutely free service to anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
So how did a WomenOncall volunteer help you?
In very simple terms, Veronica created a banner for the volunteer recruitment page on our website. But in much broader and awesome terms, she made sense of what I was trying to say (coming from a person who knows very little about graphic design!). She took the idea and ran with it, was quick to revise and always easy to reach! I had a few WOC volunteers reach out to me about the opportunity, but Veronica made me feel comfortable and confident from the moment I started communicating with her. She made my decision a no-brainer!
How did she make a real difference for your organization?
Here at Imerman Angels we are really fortunate to have an awesome volunteer base already, but we always want to grow that so that we spread our mission and help more people. We wanted our website to reflect that and to encourage more people to get involved. What Veronica produced does exactly that. Through her choice of photographs and her engaging text, she made a static website banner something that really defines the incredible volunteers that we have. And since she created this, our volunteer program has continued to grow!
Do you have any advice to nonprofits that are looking to engage skilled volunteers?
I was initially anxious when I got started posting this volunteer opportunity. Since I'm not a graphic design expert, I didn't want to scare any volunteers off by being vague regarding what I was looking for. I knew, essentially, what we wanted and needed, but wasn't sure how to define it or put it into words. WOC helped me, and then Veronica took it from there. There are volunteers out there who are at the top of their fields, who really want to help. Don't be afraid to ask for that help!
Do you have any advice to new nonprofit members on WomenOnCall?
No task is too small, and WOC will assist you during the whole process. This is a fantastic resource for non-profits and volunteers!
Thanks, Imerman Angels! We look forward to continuing to work with you!