~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
RECRUITING AND RETENTION
- COPING WITH A BAD SITUATION
- STATISTICS TO USE
- RAISING MONEY ONLINE
COPING WITH A BAD SITUATION
Sometimes a volunteer manager takes a job, only to find a disintegrating
volunteer corps, bad attitudes, and a lack of trust. Here are
some tips to turn that boat right side up and get the sails drying
in the wind.
- Be honest. Make clear to everyone that there are problems,
but that if you all pull together things can be improved.
- Listen to the volunteers. Now is not the time for barking
orders. Ask, "What can we do?" Avoid airing dirty linen.
Stick to the future.
- Change people's roles. When times are tough, volunteers,
like employees, get very territorial. Expand the volunteer advisory
committee; ask people on the advisory committee to help out with
the day-to-day tasks of the program.
- To keep on track you need constant evaluation. It is "How
are we doing?" whenever you see a volunteer, but it is also
more formal and anonymous forms of assessment.
- Celebrate every volunteer and their contribution. This should
be done publicly and often.
- No matter what, keep your sense of humor. If things are bad,
tape your favorite comedy TV show or movie. Watch it until you
are laughing really hard.
- Start your improvement program small. Pick one thing to fix.
Select something that is sure to be a success. It paves the way
for those harder changes ahead.
- Set personal goals to make changes. Involve a volunteer advisory
group in doing the same. Be conservative in setting the goals.
The program did not capsize in an instant and it will not get
better that way, either.
- Recruit volunteers with data and computer savvy. Tell them
you need them to record progress. Create volunteer records and
reports that show progress. Then write reports to administrators,
volunteers, clients or members that tell about the results of
- Be willing to experiment and learn from failures
- Work at constantly revising the plan to improve the volunteer
- Keep a "joy journal." Every day write down something
good that happened in the volunteer program. Read it on those
days when you are ready to quit!
STATISTICS TO USE
Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard author Grapevine, a publication
for volunteer managers. Steve gathers a large array of statistics,
data, and reports on volunteering. The numbers are interesting
for the information they provide about working with volunteers.
Here is a sample of information from the Nov/Dec. issue.
- 81% of teenagers believe companies have a responsibility
to support social causes and groups
- 95% of teens want companies to tell them about their cause
- A study by the Urban Institute shows that those who earn
less give more.
- In a survey of USA state governments volunteer programs have
an interesting track record in using standard management practices:
a. 48% of state agencies or departments have a volunteer manager
responsible for the volunteer program
b. 39% used position descriptions for volunteers
c. 33% had a formal orientation for volunteers
d. 25% provide training for employees in working with volunteers
e. 48% provided recognition for volunteers
5. In Scotland a new survey provides data on volunteering
a. 19% of the population volunteer
b. 20% of women and 18% of men volunteer
c. Highest level of volunteering is among self-employed people
d. Church/religious organizations attracted 23% of volunteer
e. Working with young people was done by 22%
f. More information on this at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/shs/docs/shs4-06.asp.
~According to a Harvard study 59.5% of college students have
volunteered in the last year.~
RAISING MONEY ONLINE
If your organization has volunteers who assist with fund-raising,
here are some tips on raising money online. It starts with an
- Collect e-mail address. At every function of the organization;
fun-run, rallies, or speaking engagements, ask for e-mail addresses
to add to your database.
- Be sure people have a means to be removed from your e-newsletter.
- Create a mailing list that provides short succinct information
to those on your e-mail list. Do not just ask for money. The
Internet is about giving things, as well.
- Keep these e-newsletters short. It should take no longer
than a minute or two to scan the information.
- Send messages on a regular schedule to the people on the
- Organize staff or volunteers to answer inquiries from the
e-newsletter in less than 48 hours.
DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE
The Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate
volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of
Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that
demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering
and citizen action, with a strong emphasis on service focused
on the goals for children and young people set by the Presidents
Summit for American's Future.
The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If
you would like nomination forms, contact Crystal Hill at 202-729-8000.
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals
can be connected to their local volunteer center.
This is a national interactive call routing system
designed to get volunteers connected to people who can help them
Copyright 2001 by Nancy Macduff.
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