1) Group Volunteers Socially
Many volunteers get involved not only to support your cause, but to meet other people. If you can facilitate this by pairing them up with others who are their same approximate age, or have common interests, then they will be far more likely to come back again to help. Happy volunteers make happy non-profits!
2) Give Them Privileges
One of the most flattering things I was asked to do as a volunteer was to meet a national Canadian celebrity, David Suzuki and lead him in a bike parade. These “perks” can be incredibly rewarding for volunteers, and will give them countless stories to tell their friends (and maybe even a great “selfie”!). This also empowers volunteers to be important ambassadors of your cause.
3) Set Finite & Achievable Goals
4) Ask For Input and Take It
Volunteers can be a wealth of information on how an event should be run, how to save money or what the hot-buttons are for top donors. They are your eyes and ears, and so be sure to ask them for input on a regular basis. This is also very empowering for volunteers. You may also want to consider having them run a meeting or workshop to share their ideas, if appropriate for that person.
5) Recognize Their Skill Sets
Too often volunteers will be asked to do something that they don’t want to do, or aren’t actually suited for. If you have an out-going person that does not like to knock on doors asking for money, ask them what they would prefer to do and what their strengths are. Some people may prefer data-entry jobs which they will plow away on for hours, while others don’t know how to turn on a computer.
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