There’s no doubt that organizations have been called upon to make some tough decisions about its operations during COVID. In this process, most of us have had to change our management when it comes to volunteers. Looking after ourselves and those we work with has never been more important in these changing times.
This workshop/meeting is designed for us to have an open conversation with likeminded people to help assist us though our challenging work environments.
We’re bringing in some of our community experts to hear some of the challenges they’ve faced within their organizations, as well as some of the advice they can present to our members.
Kisha Stanley is the Senior Director of Volunteerism at United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA), where she oversees the strategic direction of volunteer efforts within the metro Atlanta region and at-large as a Strategic Volunteer Engagement Council Member for United Way Worldwide.
Kisha is a graduate of both Spelman College (B.A.) and Clark Atlanta University (MBA), and has worked for major corporations such as Greenberg Traurig, Miller Brewing Company, and AIG. With more than ten years of experience in the non-profit arena, she has led a diverse team to help build sustainable volunteer-supported partnerships and programs such as Opportunity ATL, The Superbowl LIII Character Playbook Experience, The Shoebox Project, and The Monday Reading Program. Under her leadership, United Way has engaged more than 70,000 volunteers, contributing more than 200,000 hours to our most underserved communities, equaling to a financial impact of more than $5 million dollars.
An avid volunteer in her personal time, she supports The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab and Odyssey Atlanta. Kisha resides in Buckhead and due to COVID-19, can be found spending much-desired quality time with her husband Quentin and two children, Sasha and Kaleb (AKA working from home, homeschooling, and cooking an excessive amount of meals!
Roy Cogdell is the Senior Manager of Volunteer Services with Open Hand Atlanta, an organization settled in the Armour Yards neighborhood in North East Atlanta that cooks and delivers 6,000 meals a day to clients around the state. For 2.5 years he has worked with local churches, corporate groups and community leaders around the city to ensure his clients receive their meals by lunchtime. In 2019, Open Hand recruited over 32,000 volunteer slots, and were aiming to surpassing that number in 2020 before COVID-19 hit, and operations were scaled down.
Roy resides in SW Atlanta in the Oakland City, where he is involved with his neighborhood association and NPU-S. In his spare time he loves to read, expanding his plant collection, walking the Beltline with his dog Prince, and volunteering with Umi Feeds.