We review one possible way to find new volunteers.
This is a multi-tiered problem with a couple of different heads. We are dealing with the public here and being successful with them requires a lot of pre-thought and expertise. We want to:
- Find volunteers.
- After they join, get them to volunteer on projects.
- Get them to do the project correctly.
- Make them stay and keep doing.
Volunteers in the United States are 63 million strong. They hold up the foundation of civil society. No matter what kind of volunteer work they do, they are contributing in invaluable ways. They are our heroes. They are your advocates, champions, ambassadors, and worker bees.
Treat your volunteers like major donors. They give their time, energy, and sometimes funds. Show your appreciation with daily stewardship. Volunteers are diverse, and each one requires custom interaction—this will, in turn, strengthen your relationship.
How to design a volunteer engagement program is a complicated question and one that is tackled by the above mentioned website. They recommend you ask yourself the following questions:
What are the motivations of political volunteers?
- They want to contribute to a cause in which they believe.
- They want to learn new skills
- Their need to fulfill business and / or social expectations
- They want to have a sense of ownership and control that they cannot find in a work situation.
- They are motivated by a desire for change
- They want to have fun and enjoy what they are doing
- They want to meet new people
(Personally, I always thought it revolved around #6 and #7 which fit in well with my own “The World Be Damned” lifestyle”). May I also point out that volunteers are more likely to pay club dues and make donations to the cause.
Based on an article at http://www.Donorbox.org
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