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RECRUITING & RETENTION

Visit this page for ideas, suggestions and hints to build volunteer recruitment capacity.


~October 2003~ Topics

The Dr. Is In And It is Free
at the
International Conference on Volunteer Administration
Cincinnati, Ohio October 15 – 18, 2003
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Recruiting young volunteers means knowing something about them. If you want to include college age students in the mix of volunteers, this information might help. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshman. A friend forwarded this year’s list.

  The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1983.
  They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.
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They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
  There has been only one Pope in their lifetime.
  They were 10 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.
  Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
  Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
  Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
  The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
  They have never owned a record player.
  They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
  They may have never heard of an 8 track.
  The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.
  They have always had an answering machine.
  Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
  They have always had cable.
  There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.
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They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
  They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.

Feeling old yet? There's more:
  They were born the year that the Walkman was introduced by Sony.
  Roller-skating has always meant inline for them.
  Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
  They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
  Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
  They have never seen Larry Bird play.
  They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
  The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II and the Civil War.
  They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
  They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
  They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. (The correct answer, by the way, is Ork.)
  They never heard: "Where's the beef?” "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"
  They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.
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Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.
  There has always been MTV.
  They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
 

 

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Is It Important to Include Youth As Volunteers?

Independent Sector released this year its report, “Giving and Volunteering in the United States-2001.” From time to time, Volunteer Today will share statistics from this research with readers. This is the first of those reports.

Being a volunteer as a young person often leads to volunteer involvement as an adult. Check out these numbers.

  • People volunteering at the time of the survey who indicated youth volunteer experience was 67.3%
  • Of those not volunteering, 51% had no previous experience as a volunteer
  • 66.2% of current volunteers had experience in raising money during their youthful volunteer experience
  • 30.8% of current adult volunteers had experience in student government
  • 60.1% of adult volunteers were active in a religious organization during their youth

    Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for: "Volunteer Recruiting & Retention," by Nancy Macduff and "Recognizing Volunteers and Paid Staff," by Sue Vinyard.

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Reaching the Youth Volunteer Market

Are you trying to reach teenagers to volunteer in your program? Here are some statistics on the impact of various types of outreach to teenage girls.

Media Use Question: “Do you pay a lot, a little or no attention at all to the following types of ads?”

Types
None
A Little
A Lot

Newspaper ads

Girls 13 – 15
49%
46%
5%
Girls 16 - 17
43%
50%
7%
Magazine ads
Girls 13 – 15
8%
61%
31%
Girls 16 - 17
13%
60%
26%
Internet ads
Girls 13 – 15
53%
42%
5%
Girls 16 - 17
64%
33%
3%
Email ads
Girls 13 – 15
63%
33%
4%
Girls 16 - 17
76%
21%
3%
Television ads
Girls 13 – 15
11%
58%
31%
Girls 16 - 17
13%
64%
23%
Radio ads
Girls 13 – 15
27%
60%
13%
Girls 16 - 17
32%
59%
9%
Ads at beginning of rented video
Girls 13 – 15
30%
40%
29%
Girls 16 - 17
37%
41%
21%
Ads before movie at theatre
Girls 13 – 15
23%
39%
39%
Girls 16 - 17
23%
43%
34%
Direct Mail
Girls 13 – 15
48%
37%
15%
Girls 16 - 17
54%
42%
5%
Outdoor/billboard ads
Girls 13 – 15
26%
58%
16%
Girls 16 - 17
30%
65%
5%

Source: Harris Interactive YouthPulse 2002 in July/August American Demographics




DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE

The Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future. The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like nomination forms, call 202-729-8000.


1-800-VOLUNTEER
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals can be connected to their local volunteer center.
This is a national interactive call routing system designed to get volunteers connected to people who can help them volunteer.


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