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  • 1. VOLUNTEERSVOLUNTEERS
  • 2. VOLUNTEARSVOLUNTEARS
  • 3. VOLUNTEARSVOLUNTEARS AND YOUR FEARSAND YOUR FEARS
  • 4. VOLUNTEARSVOLUNTEARS AND YOUR FEARSAND YOUR FEARS PRESENTED BYPRESENTED BY ELIZABETH TEALELIZABETH TEAL
  • 5. amateuramateur
  • 6. amateuramateur from the Latinfrom the Latin amator,amator, loverlover
  • 7. amateuramateur Merriam-Webster DictionaryMerriam-Webster Dictionary one who engages in a pursuit as aone who engages in a pursuit as a pastime rather than as a professionpastime rather than as a profession
  • 8. amateuramateur Merriam-Webster DictionaryMerriam-Webster Dictionary one who engages in a pursuit as aone who engages in a pursuit as a pastime rather than as a professionpastime rather than as a profession somebody who does something forsomebody who does something for pleasure rather than paymentpleasure rather than payment Encarta World English DictionaryEncarta World English Dictionary
  • 9. professionalprofessional
  • 10. professionalprofessional from the Latinfrom the Latin professio,professio, the taking ofthe taking of vows of a religious ordervows of a religious order
  • 11. professionalprofessional a worker in a paid occupation thata worker in a paid occupation that usually requires a high degree ofusually requires a high degree of training, skill, or competencetraining, skill, or competence Encarta World English DictionaryEncarta World English Dictionary
  • 12. professionalprofessional MacMillan DictionaryMacMillan Dictionary a worker in a paid occupation thata worker in a paid occupation that usually requires a high degree ofusually requires a high degree of training, skill, or competencetraining, skill, or competence someone who plays a sport or does ansomeone who plays a sport or does an activity as a job rather than foractivity as a job rather than for enjoymentenjoyment Encarta World English DictionaryEncarta World English Dictionary
  • 13. volunteervolunteer
  • 14. volunteervolunteer from the Latinfrom the Latin voluntarius,voluntarius, ““of one’s free will”of one’s free will”
  • 15. volunteervolunteer Oxford English DictionaryOxford English Dictionary a person who freely offers to take part ina person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a taskan enterprise or undertake a task
  • 16. volunteervolunteer Oxford English DictionaryOxford English Dictionary a person who freely offers to take part ina person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a taskan enterprise or undertake a task somebody who works without being paidsomebody who works without being paid Encarta World English DictionaryEncarta World English Dictionary
  • 17. Why do we volunteer?Why do we volunteer?
  • 18. Why do we volunteer?Why do we volunteer? Because weBecause we can.can.
  • 19. Why do we volunteer?Why do we volunteer? Because we areBecause we are wiredwired to help.to help.
  • 20. Why and how we volunteerWhy and how we volunteer is as varied as our experiencesis as varied as our experiences and can be as unique as ourselves.and can be as unique as ourselves.
  • 21. As volunteer coordinators, it’s notAs volunteer coordinators, it’s not our job to judge their reasons…our job to judge their reasons… as long as they do not run counteras long as they do not run counter to our mission.to our mission.
  • 22. • How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers?
  • 23. • How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? •How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 24. • How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? • How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? •How can weHow can we firefire them?them? They’re just volunteers.They’re just volunteers.
  • 25. • How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? • How can weHow can we keepkeepour volunteers?our volunteers? •How can weHow can we firefire them?them? They’re just volunteers.They’re just volunteers. • How can we getHow can we get moremore volunteers?volunteers?
  • 26. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers?
  • 27. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? Have aHave a clear missionclear mission andand promotepromote itit
  • 28. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers?
  • 29. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? Love what you doLove what you do
  • 30. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? Love what you doLove what you do andand show itshow it
  • 31. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers?
  • 32. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? Don’tDon’t overwhelmoverwhelm themthem with the problem…with the problem…
  • 33. How can weHow can we attractattract volunteers?volunteers? Don’tDon’t overwhelmoverwhelm themthem with the problem…with the problem… surprisesurprise them withthem with simple solutionssimple solutions
  • 34. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 35. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? You can’t.You can’t.
  • 36. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 37. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? By its nature,By its nature, volunteerism isvolunteerism is cyclical and fluctuatingcyclical and fluctuating
  • 38. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 39. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? Create aCreate a volunteer mission statementvolunteer mission statement that matches yourthat matches your organizational oneorganizational one
  • 40. Mission Statements
  • 41. Mission Statements Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
  • 42. Mission Statements “To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
  • 43. Mission Statements
  • 44. Mission Statements Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Visiting Pet Program:
  • 45. Mission Statements “We provide happy, healthy animals with fully-trained volunteers to your institutions.” Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Visiting Pet Program:
  • 46. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering
  • 47. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout
  • 48. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout helping another personhelping another person
  • 49. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout helping another personhelping another person healheal
  • 50. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout helping another personhelping another person recoverrecover
  • 51. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout helping another personhelping another person copecope
  • 52. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout helping another personhelping another person find solacefind solace
  • 53. Visiting Pet VolunteeringVisiting Pet Volunteering is first and foremostis first and foremost aboutabout helping another personhelping another person find hopefind hope
  • 54. Mission Statements “To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” -- Henry Bergh
  • 55. Mission Statements
  • 56. Mission Statements “Rescuing and Rehoming Small Companion Dogs” Li’l Bit’s Rescue:
  • 57. Mission Statements “Rescuing and Rehoming Small Companion Dogs” Li’l Bit’s Rescue: “Remember, no dog is a toy, or an accessory. Never give one as a gift, or carry one to match your outfit.”
  • 58. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 59. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? Keep themKeep them attachedattached andand attractedattracted to your organizationto your organization
  • 60. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 61. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? CreateCreate short,short, time-limitedtime-limited projects,projects, and start your volunteersand start your volunteers in them…in them…
  • 62. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? ……andand alwaysalways mixmix veteranveteran volunteers withvolunteers with newcomersnewcomers in these projectsin these projects
  • 63. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 64. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? KnowKnow your volunteers…your volunteers…
  • 65. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? KnowKnow your volunteers…your volunteers… match theirmatch their jobsjobs to theirto their strengthsstrengths
  • 66. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers?
  • 67. How can weHow can we keepkeep our volunteers?our volunteers? ExploreExplore all avenuesall avenues where your volunteerswhere your volunteers can becan be helpfulhelpful
  • 68. • RescueRescue • VeterinaryVeterinary CareCare • FosterFoster • Dog WalkingDog Walking • TrainingTraining • AdoptionAdoption • MediaMedia • FundraisingFundraising • BookkeepingBookkeeping • LegalLegal
  • 69. IdentifyIdentify two or three skillstwo or three skills that are essential for eachthat are essential for each and every volunteer activity,and every volunteer activity, butbut no more than three.no more than three.
  • 70. For example, aFor example, a dog-walking volunteerdog-walking volunteer mustmust
  • 71. For example, aFor example, a dog-walking volunteerdog-walking volunteer mustmust 1. really like dogs1. really like dogs
  • 72. For example, aFor example, a dog-walking volunteerdog-walking volunteer mustmust 1. really like dogs1. really like dogs 2. really know dogs’ body2. really know dogs’ body languagelanguage
  • 73. For example, aFor example, a dog-walking volunteerdog-walking volunteer mustmust 1. really like dogs1. really like dogs 2. really know dogs’ body2. really know dogs’ body languagelanguage 3. be punctual3. be punctual
  • 74. For example, aFor example, a dog-walking volunteerdog-walking volunteer mustmust 1. really like dogs1. really like dogs 2. really know dogs’ body2. really know dogs’ body languagelanguage 3. be punctual3. be punctual These are three essential elements forThese are three essential elements for successful dog walkers.successful dog walkers.
  • 75. Contrast that withContrast that with adoptionadoption volunteers.volunteers. They mustThey must
  • 76. Contrast that withContrast that with adoptionadoption volunteers.volunteers. They mustThey must 1. like people1. like people
  • 77. Contrast that withContrast that with adoptionadoption volunteers.volunteers. They mustThey must 1. like people1. like people 2. be good listeners2. be good listeners
  • 78. Contrast that withContrast that with adoptionadoption volunteers.volunteers. They mustThey must 1. like people1. like people 2. be good listeners2. be good listeners 3. be able to read the body3. be able to read the body language of both humanslanguage of both humans and other species.and other species.
  • 79. Don’t overlook any avenuesDon’t overlook any avenues where professional talentswhere professional talents can be volunteeredcan be volunteered to help your mission.to help your mission.
  • 80. Don’t discard any volunteerDon’t discard any volunteer for lack of training.for lack of training.
  • 81. Keep continuousKeep continuous educationeducation andand trainingtraining as part ofas part of your organizational structureyour organizational structure at all levels.at all levels.
  • 82. How can IHow can I firefire a volunteer?a volunteer?
  • 83. How can IHow can I firefire a volunteer?a volunteer? You can’t.You can’t.
  • 84. Have aHave a “honeymoon”“honeymoon”…… (some call it a “trial period”)(some call it a “trial period”) withwith mutualmutual evaluationsevaluations
  • 85. Create clearCreate clear guidelinesguidelines that every volunteerthat every volunteer must signmust sign
  • 86. CreateCreate sign-in logssign-in logs containingcontaining checklistschecklists thatthat everyone must useeveryone must use
  • 87. EveryoneEveryone hashas something to give.something to give.
  • 88. EveryoneEveryone hashas something to give.something to give. Be open to where they giveBe open to where they give best and re-assign them.best and re-assign them.
  • 89. Remember,Remember, volunteerism is,volunteerism is, by its nature,by its nature, transitorytransitory
  • 90. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers?
  • 91. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers? Make sure that theMake sure that the ones who stay,ones who stay, staystay happy…happy…
  • 92. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers? and make sure thatand make sure that the ones who leave,the ones who leave, leaveleave happy!happy!
  • 93. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers?
  • 94. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers? Re-evaluateRe-evaluate youryour mission statementsmission statements
  • 95. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers?
  • 96. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers? PromotePromote short,short, time-sensitivetime-sensitive eventsevents
  • 97. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers?
  • 98. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers? Love what you doLove what you do
  • 99. How can I getHow can I get moremore volunteers?volunteers? Love what you doLove what you do andand show it.show it.