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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 2014 ~

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ONLINE COLLEGE CLASSES FOR VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATORS

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Earn a Professional Development Certificate

Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program (VELP)

Online Classes

March 31 , 2014

  • Recruiting Volunteers
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BEQUESTS: THE TIME TO ASK

A bequest is the act of giving property or personal holdings.   It is the act of giving or leaving personal property via a will; a legacy.

One does not need to be rich to make a bequest.  Modest bequest of a few hundred dollars are always welcome.  People rarely hear about the smaller donations; the big ones get the headlines.person holding seedling

The Baby Boom generation is into its 60s and then some.  It is time to consider a strategy to help “boomers” remember the organization in his/her will.  It can be in the form of a planned gift. What are you waiting for?



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TECHNIQUES TO STIFLE VOLUNTEERS

   

brown circle Reorganize often and in secret.
brown circle Be suspicious of new ideas.
brown circle Be suspicious of new ideas from the lower level of volunteers.
brown circle Discourage people. Regularly.
brown circle Control everything. Do not encourage volunteers to take authority or responsibility.
brown circle Make sure the smallest decision goes through every level of the organization.  Twice.
brown circle Praise rarely. Criticize often.
brown circle Disparage volunteers in front of them.
brown circle Blame the “Board.”


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BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

When was the last time you asked volunteers the benefits received from volunteering?  By knowing the benefits described by current volunteers it is possible to craft effective recruiting techniques.

An old survey of extension volunteers reported that 86% of volunteers benefitted from increased knowledge.  Imagine a Facebook page with the organizational logo that leads with “Have we got something to teach you……”  That is an intriguing opening.

All recruiting material should reflect on the benefits as identified by current volunteers.  This is a regular part of recruiting and retention.

 


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