Today, our friends at VolunteerMatch released an helpful new guide for those seeking to connect with new supporters -- 101 Volunteer Recruitment Secrets. The free guide offers sage, real life advice right from people working in the field of volunteerism.
The content is organized into eight helpful categories -- from designing the perfect opportunity to showing appreciation -- and it’s sure to spark some new ideas (see tips #16 & #88 for my two cents). The folks at Volunteer Match suggest you read their "juicy new novel" cover to cover!
Five of My Faves from the Guide
“Volunteers are not ‘free;’ we pay them with conversation and listening.” ~Diane Cameron
“Be excited about the opportunity, provide details, and be visible at the event. Let your enthusiasm for your organization shine through and have leaders from your nonprofit working alongside the volunteers. It helps that they see everyone working for the cause together.” ~Christine Lott
“I follow up with anyone who has expressed interest. When we post about an upcoming event on Facebook and people “like” it, I immediately send them a message asking if they are interested in volunteering.” ~Stephanie Rokich
“We hold once-a-month info sessions and have an organized, interesting national training curriculum. We hold great volunteer appreciation parties to show our love. We’re fun, friendly and always available.” ~Casa Baltimore
“Tell your story about how people can make an impact. Even volunteers who stuff envelopes make an impact, you just need to find a way to show them. Tell them how much money the mailing brought in, how many clients where served, etc. All those statistics you collect help tell your story.” ~Mary Friend, Ronald McDonald House of Indiana
To download your copy, click here. There’s no need to register. And, do share. Who doesn’t like a free resource that’s chock full of good advice from people who’ve been there?!
Why Don’t You Weigh In, Too?
What’s your secret to recruitment success? Post in my comments section.