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ENGAGING & MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

On this page are ideas to help you work more efficiently with volunteers. There are tips on recruiting, engaging, coordinating, and managing the work of volunteers.

~February 2012 ~

  • Vancouver, WA Workshop: Role of Volunteers in 2012
  • Is Facebook Worth the Effort?
  • Retention: Motivation and Communication are Important
  • Mixed Generation Volunteer

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NONPROFIT NETWORK OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTION

Sponsors Workshop

The Role of the Volunteer:  Supplement, Support, Supplant
What’s It To Be?

February 9, 2012

8:30 am - noon

Vancouver, WA

Shifts in how people wish to give voluntary service are changing the paradigm of volunteering.  This workshop explores the issue of the role of the volunteer in the second decade of the 21st century.  Begin by examining the new forms volunteering is taking; social change, serendipity, and entrepreneurial.  Review the role of episodic volunteering. 

Define the three kinds of volunteering—supplementing, supporting, or supplanting.  Participants then create new positions to attract new volunteers and adjust current positions to be more attractive.  Special attention is directed toward the legalities of supplanting paid staff with volunteer efforts.  It is possible!

Join your colleagues for an informative and interactive workshop.  Go home with new positions to attract new types of people.

Where: Artillery Barracks

Cost: $55 for Nonprofit Network and DVPA members; $65 Regular; $10 additional after Feb. 1

Contact: together@nonprofitnetworkwa.org or 360.735.7110


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IS FACEBOOK WORTH THE EFFORT?

 

Even the smallest nonprofit or government based voluntary group can benefit from joining the digital age by using products such as Facebook, Myspace, Google +, or Twitter.  More than 500many faces organizations were surveyed last February who were using social media sites.  The results show the impact having such a site can have.  This report can assist in making the decision about jumping on the social media train. 

Read:  Using Facebook To Meet Your Mission: Results of a Survey (PDF)


RETENTION: MOTIVATION AND COMMUNICATION ARE IMPORTANT

 

Reports from a study on volunteer retention suggests a connection between understanding the motivation to volunteer and placing the volunteer in a position where those needs can be met.  It further suggests the importance of allowing volunteers to voice their opinions, especially at a time of frustrating events, is a motivator in retention of the volunteer.  Volunteering an Opinion:  Organizational Voice and Volunteer Retention in Nonprofit Organizations, by Johny T. Garner and Lindsey T. Garner was published in the October 2011 issue of Nonprofit and Volunteer Sector Quarterly.

The authors conclude that nonprofits need to ensure that volunteers “feel supported and have opportunities to connect with other people in their volunteer work, and encourage volunteers to express their ideas using considerate voice.”

Reprints at www.nvsq.sagepub.com


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MIXED GENERATION VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Many children have absentee grandparents.  Kids live in Kansas, grandparents live in Florida.  Volunteer programs can offer mixed generation jobs or tasks.  The benefit of interaction between the generations is positive and is a potential selling point for recruiting.  Here is a form to help brainstorm how to determine whether tasks are suitable for recruiting mixed generations.

Directions:

  1. List two current volunteer positions that might attract groups or teams from different age groups.
  2. List two new positions you could create that might attract groups or teams from different age groups.
  3. Evaluate their appeal to each of the age groups listed below. Indicate in the column for each age group

1=strong appeal; 2=moderate appeal; 3=a little interest; 4=not interested; 5= “Are you crazy?”

Volunteer Positions

Age
7-10

Age
11-14

Age
15-20

Age
20+

Age
35-50+

Age
55-70

Age
75+

Example: Library
Need volunteers for peak hours after school. 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Library aide helps patrons find information, use library resources, and monitor fair use of computers.
15-20 appeal-chance to work with peers, learn new skills, get to be the “go-to” person, fun
55-70 appeal-use current skills to help those who know less, work with young people, fun

Appeal 5

Appeal 4

High school students with good leadership skills could do this job.
Appeal-1

Appeal 3

Appeal 5

Early retiree, or experienced volunteers could work with HS students.
Appeal 2

Appeal 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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