Volunteer Recruitment Checklist
Since many non-profits and membership organizations struggle to recruit volunteers, we’ve created a Getting Started With Volunteer Recruitment guide and Checklist to help volunteers and staff who are new to volunteer recruitment.
Once you’ve reviewed the Guide’s general overview of the recruitment process, you can use this step-by-step checklist to help you get started.
Please note: to make this checklist more effective, we’ve focused this checklist on recruiting event volunteers.
1. Pre-Recruitment Planning
☐ Gather a "Recruitment Team" from among your existing volunteers (or Board)
☐ Identify volunteer needs:
- Define specific volunteer assignments*
- Determine how many volunteers you’ll need for each job/assignment and whether you need additional team leaders or supervisors
☐ Create volunteer position descriptions*
☐ Create or Update Recruitment Tools*
2. Targeting Potential Volunteers
☐ Start With Existing Volunteers:
- Identify previous volunteers to contact.
- Review list of individuals who have offered to volunteer.
☐ Recruit Within Your "Circle of Influence:"
Have each recruiter create a list of potential contacts, including:
- Community members (at church; clubs; sporting teams, etc.)
☐ Broaden Your Circle:
Once you exhaust the family and friends list, you might need to widen your search by:
- Writing a newsletter article or a post on your organization's blog or forum
- Posting a video or photos of last year's even on your Facebook page and ask for new recruits
- Putting an ad in your community newspaper
- Posting a request through your municipal or state/province volunteer center
- Posting a request at a local high school, or college student volunteer center
- Signing up with one of the volunteer matching sites*
☐ Target Specific Skills or Needs:
If you need volunteers with specific skills or experience, consider talking to:
- Local small businesses RE: pro bono services
- Individuals who have volunteered at similar events in your community (e.g. an auctioneer; member of a service club, etc.)
- Local companies that might be willing to organize their employees to assist with your event as a corporate initiative
3. Screening and Confirming A Commitment
☐ Screen each potential volunteer:
- Create short-lists of volunteers in each job category
- Develop screen process and documentation*
- Interview each volunteer applicant and capture information from all interviews*
☐ Determine appropriate roles for each volunteer
☐ Contact each volunteer to inform them of their role
4. Follow-Up and Orientation
Effective follow-up communication and orientation can impact both an event’s success and the volunteering experience. So be sure to:
* See Getting Started with Volunteer Recruitment for details and more resources.
☐ Send volunteer confirmation:
Send an email or letter with all of the pertinent details of their commitment.*
☐ Conduct volunteer orientation(s):
While orientation sessions will differ depending on the volunteer job tasks, you should provide training or orientation sessions for each group of volunteers.*