With the passage of the National Service Act and the publicity that volunteer service has received in recent years, Americans are busy logging onto volunteer matching services, and nonprofits are scrambling to beef up their volunteer programs.
Volunteeering is popular for all generations, from young people to baby boomers and seniors. How can nonprofits meet the demand of volunteers for opportunities, and how can individuals find the right fit for their talents, interests, and time?
There is a lot more to recruiting volunteers than just signing up at an online volunteer matching program or advertising in your newsletter. To make sure that volunteers are happy and stay with you, your organization must be ready to receive them.
Creating a Great Volunteer Experience
How do you keep volunteers happy and productive? Borrow some tips from the human resources field, and do a lot of prep work before you open your doors to those people who are anxious to help you with your cause.
Keeping Your Volunteers
Retention of volunteers is just as important as recruiting them. What do your volunteers expect and want? What motivates them and keeps them engaged? How do you reward them?
Finding a Good Volunteer Opportunity
Are you passionate about some cause? Do you feel embarrassed when your friends talk about their volunteer activities? Do you want to set a good example for your kids by volunteering? Don't rush into the first opportunity that presents itself. Do some self analysis, ask about your friends' experiences, and do some research.