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I am updating my volunteer application. Are there any new questions I should add?
my clients recently updated their volunteer application and added a
section that I really like called Previous Experience. We
usually ask for any previous employment or volunteer experience, but
they expanded this section by adding the following:
Each of the above categories provide space to give a brief description, name of organization, years of service or participation, etc. You could add categories that relate specifically to your organization and mine more information about potential volunteers.
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We have a newly established Police Volunteer Program. We are a small (4500 population) Resort Community. Are you aware of any such communities that have a similar program that I could contact for some guidance, or is there any agency that I could contact to find such communities? A Resort Community differs in many ways from the usual venue for a Police Program. I recognize this difference but I do not believe those in charge recognize it and this impacts my effectiveness. I certainly would appreciate any information you can provide. I am a "volunteer" volunteer coordinator and the Department has had no previous experience working with volunteers. I've had considerable volunteer experience, although not in the capacity I am currently.
I did a Google.com search for police volunteer program and found several sites that would interest you. For basic structure of the program, including an application form, visit the City of Orlando, Floridas site at: http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/crime_prevention/cp_volunteer.htm. Durango, Colorado, also has a police volunteer program that you can check out at: http://www.durangogov.org/resident/services/volunteer.html. I got dozens of hits on this search, so you can check out a wide variety of sites for information if you do a search. As you noted, while your venue may be different the basic volunteer program structure can be adapted to meet your needs. Good luck!
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.
your questions to Connie at AskConnieP@cs.com.
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