The Canadian Perspective
~ September 2006 ~ Topics
Creating Unique Volunteer Opportunities
The number of people in Canada who are volunteering
is on the decline, while the number of organizations seeking volunteers
The answers to these three questions should lead you to ideas for innovative volunteer roles that will attract and appeal to a more diverse group of volunteers, while helping your organization accomplish its goals.
Walk A Mile In A Volunteers Shoes
Reflecting on your own volunteer experiences
can provide you with insight into creating or improving your volunteer
It always bothered me when I applied for a role
and they never responded and I will never apply for another role
with them. Take the time to tell a potential volunteer you dont
have any roles open, dont just ignore them they will go away.
I recently volunteered for an event and listed
the times I would be available to volunteer and mentioned that I worked
full time. The coordinator scheduled me for every shift that I wasnt
at work for a solid week without asking how much time I would be
able to commit. Volunteers have lives too, take that into account when
It sounds so simple, yet sometimes we over think and make more work for ourselves. The best way to recognize a volunteer is to thank them when they have completed their job I didnt need an event, I didnt need an award, I didnt need a gift. All I ever wanted and expected was a thank you.
Kelly Noiles is the Community Volunteer Coordinator for the Canadian Diabetes Association for the Nova Scotia Region in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She can be reached by phone at: (902) 453-4232 Ext 3232 or at: email@example.com.
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