One perk of my New Year’s resolution to attend 12 fundraising events this year has been the opportunity to learn how others are managing volunteers. As I am now supervising a VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, we are both taking lots of notes and trying to up our game in the area of volunteer recruitment and engagement.
One thing I have found to be helpful is an online registration like this one from Community Servings and Sign Up Genius, used by the Myles Standish Marathon. For a no cost and low time investment option, there is also always EventBrite with each volunteer opportunity being a different “ticket” type. As a volunteer, I appreciate knowing exactly what i am getting into, such as signing up to direct runners at the ranger http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/xanax/ station from 9:45-10:30 a.m. It avoids the back and forth that would otherwise occur with every interested volunteer about what is needed and when. From my end, I am more likely to commit to a concrete task in the moment when I am considering volunteering and I also think that the knowledge of serving a specific purpose can keep folks committed when the big day comes and they are faced with an overwhelming desire to flake out and go home to their dog. (Yes, I did do that once.)
In the end, it really comes down to our desire to feel needed, and these registration systems immediately assign us a much needed job to do. Sounds like a great first step towards longer-term engagement, eh?