volunteers

Your Volunteering Family

Your volunteering family is just as important as your nuclear family. Eventually your volunteers start to click together like puzzle pieces, making the best, most colorful jigsaw ever. It may be a little harder to keep them all in touch outside of volunteer season, because life gets in the way. However, there are lots of ways to have a “Volunteer Family Reunion”.

Share Stories to Engage Your Volunteers

Working together brings families, neighbors, and the community together.

Stories and videos inspire and engage your volunteers.  Share videos on how volunteers impact the community and bring people together through your online volunteer management system.  It is easy to do and will bring you great results.

 


Ivolunteer.com

The best way to sign up your volunteers online

Tell Them Your Story

Volunteers are a great resource in collecting stories.  They are on the front line and hear or see stories of how your organization has made an impact on the community.  Use your online volunteer management software to collect information after an event or solicit information after a volunteer shift while the story is still fresh in their mind. 

Take a look at #DonorLove webinar on how to use stories to solicit more volunteers and more donors.

Take Care of Your Volunteers

Engaging your volunteers helps your organizations bottom line more than you think.  The best way to engage your volunteers is to make them a part of the success stories.  Utilize the e-mail features in your online volunteer management software to update them on how their time matters.  Volunteers who are invested in an organization may give more of their resources beyond volunteer hours.  Research shows that a volunteer is 4x more likely to give financial contributions as a person who does not.

Show your volunteers you care.

Lessons are All Around Us

Assessing needs is one of the fundamental roles of fundraisers.  Fundraising is a term used for those who solicit donations to organizations so consider that Volunteer Managers are fundraisers too.  Volunteer Managers provide funds to a non-profit through the in-kind donation of time.  Volunteers are donors. What do they want and need from your organization?  The best way is to know is to ask.

Take Ideas from the Fundraisers

Volunteer Managers always have a daunting task of volunteer recruitment.  Fundraising principles are very much the same as volunteer recruitment; there needs to be engagement with the individual/group and the organization.  People that care give whether it is time or money or BOTH. 

Below is a great article about fundraising ideas…don’t forget to ask your development team to add your event volunteer sign up link to the bottom of their e-mails in exchange to putting and donate button on your e-mails to volunteers.

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