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RECRUITING & RETENTION
~ December 2005 ~ Topics
View of the FutureIssues for Volunteerism
The world's futurists are projecting some trends for the near future. Many of them have impacts on an organization's ability to recruit and retain volunteers. This month and next Volunteer Today will share the outlook seen by scientists who study future trends.
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for: Volunteer Recruiting & Retention: A Marketing Approach, by Nancy Macduff and To Lead is to Serve, by Shar McBee.
The Power of Language
Volunteers react to the environment in which they work. Language is a big part of the work environment. Here are some questions to check if you are using the language of equality.
Involve volunteers, not use them. Volunteers are those who give service working jointly with paid staff. Volunteers work with us. Check your language, it sends a message about how you value volunteers.
Web Site Recruiting
Web sites are a good place for recruiting volunteers. Organizations miss the mark with people with common Web mistakes. Check your Web site to improve your ability to draw volunteers to your organization. Ask the Web designer to make changes to enhance the pages aimed at volunteer recruitment to be more effective.
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.
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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