Volunteers may work for free, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to manage what they do. Not only do you have to make sure they’re working toward your organization’s priorities and values, as the volunteer manager, it’s up to you to ensure that volunteers keep coming back!
Research has found that organizations that spend more time and resources on managing volunteers have more engaged volunteers who are focused on the organization’s goals. Engaged volunteers are also the best tool for recruiting others and widening the circle of engagement.
The most important job of the volunteer manager is to keep volunteers engaged and motivated. When they don’t feel engaged, valued and appreciated, they’re more likely to drift away from the organization and programs. And when that happens, the organization as a whole loses that volunteer’s skills, knowledge and experience.
Here are 5 tips to keep in mind:
Engaged volunteers contribute so much to our communities. Besides providing much-needed services, they also bring engagement and energy, building the fabric of our communities. That’s why it’s so important to keep them engaged.
UServeUtah’s Volunteer Management Training program is a three-day program focused on managing volunteers and volunteer projects effectively. It delivers tools that volunteer managers need, including:
The course will be held December 8–10 in Lehi, Utah. You can find full details on UServeUtah’s Volunteer Management Training page.