What are the essential elements of volunteer management?
In this guide, we'll review the essential elements of a strong volunteer management program, including:
How do you manage volunteering?
Remind yourself what motivates people to volunteer.
Ensure you understand the laws which apply to volunteers and how they might affect your group.
Review your involving volunteers policy or plan.
Make sure you have clear role descriptions for each of your volunteers.
How should you plan for managing and coordinating spontaneous volunteers?
How should you plan for managing and coordinating spontaneous volunteers? Implement a plan to register and place unaffiliated volunteers. Implement a process to determine volunteers' skills, i n t e rests, and ability to do the assigned work. Identify organizations' needs and volunteer opportunities.
Be clear on the “why” of the volunteer activity.
Choose a date and time to maximize attendance.
Make volunteer events easy to attend.
Have a dedicated volunteer as a point of contact for your event.
Promote Your Volunteer Activity.
Volunteers want and need to feel supported and valued during their volunteering. The organisation needs to ensure volunteers are working to the standard required.
Volunteer Managers are responsible for selecting, training, and supervising the volunteer staff of an organization. Volunteer Managers typically are responsible for high-level activities and spend a lot of time working independently and making their own decisions.
ELEMENTS OF VOLUNTEERISM
SELFLESSNESS… The first element of volunteerism should be selflessness.
SACRIFICE… Selflessness leads to sacrifice.
SERVICE… Another necessary element of volunteerism is service.
To be valued – for the time effort and commitment that they serve.
To be respected – and listened to.
To receive clear information – about their role as a volunteer.
To have an induction – into their projects and its policies and procedures.
Get Your House in Order.
Decide How You Want to Recruit.
Use Your Social Network.
Find Your Volunteers.
Offer Online Opportunities.
Make it Enjoyable.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.
Address real needs in the community.
Forge meaningful relationships with community members in need.
Connect volunteers with opportunities that match their passions and skills.
Regularly evaluate mission, goals, and processes.
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Program coordinator contact information for secure communication.
Give Them The Bigger Picture.
Provide Food For Your Volunteers When They Work.
Check In With Your Volunteers.
Feature Volunteer Stories On Your Blog/Website.
Give Your Volunteers Awards.
Give Your Volunteers Small Tokens Of Gratitude.