A few areas where you might begin looking for volunteers include:
- Individuals who have benefitted from your program.
- Parents and helps
- Military or government employees.
In order to recruit volunteers, you could:
- Contact volunteer bureaus and other such organizations with regard to potential volunteers.
- Make arrangements to meet and talk to specific groups to create interest.
- Encourage reporters or broadcasters to publicise the aims and objectives of your organization and the opportunities for volunteers to become involved.
- Distribute handbills,posters, leaflets,pamphlets and other printed matter to inform people of opportunities to volunteer.
- Make presentations to schools and universities.and
- Advertise on your website and other relevant websites.
Once you have located sources of volunteers, individual personal contact is the best approach.This provides an opportunity to discuss the program’s needs, create interest and communicate aims, objectives and philosophy.
Place volunteers in the best roles possible:-If your volunteer program is to function and grow, the following steps should be taken:
- Create a clear job description.Outline the commitment expected, including your program objectives and the general philosophy of the organization.Describe the resources currently available to undertake the task and possible procedures.
- Provide your volunteers with training in their prospective jobs.Give them time to learn before actually doing the work.
- Encourage people to grow in their jobs, to try new procedures as long as the objectives of the program are met.
- Give the volunteer the opportunity to suggest new ideas or procedures.
- Build in incentives.Give the volunteer credit and recognition for work accomplished and some tangible form of reward if appropriate.
- Once you recognize the volunteer’s motivation, encourage self development to further motivate the volunteer to improve your organization.
Managing relationships with volunteers
Where an organization employs paid staff,there can be difficulties in the relationship between these employees and volunteers.Conflicts can occur when responsibilities and authorities are not clear.They can occur because of personality conflicts or differing opinions on goals and strategies.Boards, which may meet only a few times a year,may feel the full time employees are running the organization their way rather than being surbordinate to the board.Thus for every organization that depends on volunteers,it is extremely helpful if the employees, volunteers and Board are clear about their roles and responsibilities and to whom they should report.Most importantly success depends on everyone being prepared to work cooperatively for the good of the organization,to support each others’ efforts and to recognize each person’s contribution.