It can be a real headache trying to find something for an office’s worth of untrained volunteers to do in one day, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We can harness all of that well-meaning manpower and achieve great things.
Before you’re ready to find volunteers, the entire staff must make sure they’re ready to bring in them to the organization—because they’ll be working with everyone in your organization. Only once you’re ready to handle a volunteer program, then it’s time to get started recruiting helpers.
Just because some millennials can’t afford to make huge monetary contributions doesn’t mean they aren’t contributing to NPOs in other important ways.
Located at the intersection of passion and purpose, skills-based volunteering allows professionals to make a tangible, lasting difference by connecting with a cause they care about and donating their skills to further that cause. Here’s why your NPO can’t ignore skills-based volunteers.
Volunteer engagement isn’t just a trivial award or public recognition, but rather part of a nonprofit’s culture. Engagement starts with recruitment.
Volunteers are essential to achieving the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. More than 10,000 people annually help serve the nightly meals, while another 200 people volunteer regularly working in the houses. To accomplish this, they use several programs to ensure their volunteers’ needs are being met and to make sure that volunteers are remaining engaged.
Spring break is rapidly approaching. While I’d like to lie to you all and tell you that it still looks like an Elvis movie, it looks a more like a scene from a movie starring Zach Galifianakis. (Cue the horrible mental images of kids making poor life choices at 9 a.m. on a beach somewhere—sorry, parents. Take a moment to text your children.)
It can be exhausting, and costly, trying to get the attention of giant corporations and their foundations. But when you’re looking to recruit volunteers, maybe entrepreneurs is where you need to focus your attention.
Volunteer burnout is incredibly avoidable, if you recognize what drives them away in the first place. Take these steps to make sure you keep them around.