Jane Cravens, an intrepid purveyor of all things tech in the volunteer world recently sent me a list of “should have” technology features of the well-rounded volunteer program. It is a checklist. See how your program stacks up.
Have an online discussion group for all volunteers. If not now, a written plan on how to cultivate group participation in the blog.
Have joined and read CYBERVPM,UKVPMs and/or OZVPM. Routinely post questions or respond to questions.
Have a blog about their volunteering program, with a written plan on what the blog will be focused on, who the audience is, who will author it (just the volunteer manager? will there be guest bloggers?)
Have used YouTube to find, view and critique at least three videos focused on recruiting, orienting or training new volunteers
Have an instant messaging account (IM) if they don't have one already (everything is cross platform -- Yahoo, Google, MS, AIM, everything)
Have communicated their IM address to their volunteers, and log in every day in the morning, and stay online all day, to see who does and doesn't IM with them (their volunteers, other students, etc.)
Have created three - five online volunteering opportunities at their organizations
Have an online orientation and application process for new online volunteers
Have a recruitment plan to fill at least five online volunteering opportunities in the next 12 months.
8-9 checks—you are wired; 7-6 checks-you are this side of 2000; 5-4 get help on the technology front; 3 or less-have you considered a home computer? Scores are all in fun!
Adapted from email from Jayne Craves at firstname.lastname@example.org