Volunteer Week Round-up

Lori Halley 26 April 2013 0 comments

In honor of National Volunteer Week (Apr. 21-27), we’re offering a round-up of 5 volunteer posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam recently.

More Than Just “Thanks Yous”: Volunteer Recognition Strategies from an All-Volunteer Organization

Stephanie Rosenburg (Engaging Volunteers Blog) explains:

The importance of volunteer recognition is something we can’t stress enough. Sure we all know that appreciation is important, but while talking with the executive team at Do Good Lab for our April Volunteer Spotlight article, I realized that recognition isn’t just about saying thank you to your volunteers. This organization focuses on proving their appreciation to volunteers instead of simply saying the words, and I think this is something all of us can learn from.

Rosenburg offers some insights from the “Do Good Lab—a 100% volunteer international development organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area”… “on how they keep their volunteer team involved and motivated through continued support and recognition.”

How to Overcome Volunteer Reluctance

In this guest post – also on the Engaging Volunteers Blog  Dean Vella suggests:

Some nonprofits seem to have a golden touch when it comes to recruiting volunteers. For others, it’s a never-ending task. Which begs the question: Why are some people reluctant to volunteer? And, more importantly, how can your organization surmount that hesitancy?

… Recruiting loyal volunteers can be made easier by first understanding why people volunteer and, especially, why they don’t. For nonprofit organizations, it’s vital to develop a strategy that can overcome the objections of potential volunteers and answer the big question: “What’s in it for me?”

Vella goes on to outline: "Why People Don’t Volunteer; Why People Should Volunteer and; Why People Volunteer."

Can We Get Some Volunteers, Please?

Richard Eisenberg (Next Avenue’s Daily Roadmap) writes:

Boomers, hang your heads in shame.

The government’s annual Volunteering In the United States report just came out and I’m disappointed to report that both the number and percentage of Americans age 45 to 64 who volunteered in the 12 months ending September 2012 fell from the previous year.

Eisenberg goes on to offer suggestions as to why “Boomer Volunteering is Down”; how to “[Rev] Up Skills-based Volunteering”, and ideas for “Calling All Boomers”.

Revisiting the Seven Deadly Sins of Directing Volunteers

In this post, Susan J. Ellis (Energize Inc.) offers up the text from the “Seven Deadly Sins of Directing Volunteers” mini-poster her organization issued back in 1990. For example...

#1: To recruit a volunteer for a cause or program in which you do not believe – or to ask a volunteer to do a job you wouldn’t do yourself. 

In the post, Ellis discusses how the language might be updated for 2013, especially in terms of defining roles and taking new technology into consideration.

4 Steps to Engaging Young Volunteers

The NonProfit Times suggests:

Peer pressure is generally viewed as a bad thing but when it comes to getting young volunteers for your nonprofit, it does have its merits.

According to New York City-based DoSomething.org's data scientist Bob Filbin, one of the number one motivations for volunteering among high school and college students was that their friends were doing it. This was revealed in one of Filbin's studies, “The DoSomething.org Index on Young People and Volunteering 2012.”

The post outlines “four things to keep in mind when recruiting young volunteers”.

You can find all of these posts and many more, boomarked in the Volunteers section of Apricot Jam.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 26 April 2013 at 8:30 AM

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