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Helping UWI in Jamaica strengthen its alumni chapter network

Helping UWI in Jamaica strengthen its alumni chapter network

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  • Building Alumni Support Presented at the University of the West Indies Mona Visitor’s Lodge Tuesday, April 18, 2006
      • 3 Common Reasons Why People Volunteer
        • Desire to help others
        • Interested in the good of the public
        • Natural human need for good health
      • Keynote: There are multiple reasons why people volunteer. The challenge of the recruiter is to
      • identify each prospective volunteer motivation.
      • 2 Top Reasons Why People Don’t Volunteer
        • They do not feel they were asked.
        • Most people do not say “no”; they simply never know you wanted them to say “yes”.
      • Keynote: Understand that people legitimately cannot volunteer because of several reasons. Be willing to address those real concerns.
    • Overcome your challenges
        • Have a positive attitude.
        • Provide meaningful work.
        • Determine most qualified prospects.
        • Be willing to adapt and diversify.
        • Actively ask people to help.
    • Understand your role as recruiter
        • Purposely seek out alumni.
        • Show alumni how they can give back.
        • Get alumni excited.
    • Define expectations
        • Establish goals and objectives.
        • Provide clear roles and responsibilities.
        • Develop job descriptions.
        • Provide a worthwhile experience.
    • Orientation and Training Program
        • Schedule a retreat.
        • Establish an ongoing program for new and experience volunteers.
        • Hold regularly scheduled meetings.
        • Develop manual or online reference guide.
        • Survey, survey, survey.
    • Recognition
        • Provide individual recognition on print and electronic collateral.
        • Supply official name badges and business cards.
        • Establish an incentive program where volunteers are awarded for their work.
        • Provide tangible perks for individual volunteers (i.e. free merchandise, priority registration and seating at events, job referrals, etc…).
    • Action Steps
        • Provide meaningful opportunity for alumni to get involved.
        • Begin surveying and identify alumni who are interested.
        • Pick up the phone and start calling today.
        • Schedule an organizational meeting at a favorite location or at your home.
        • Assign roles and responsibilities based on individual strengths.
        • Plan calendar of events and budget for the fiscal year.
          • Make sure programs are mission-driven.
          • Identify potential sponsors for events.
    • Program Suggestions (cost-effective and meaningful)
        • Community Service – establish a national day for community service
        • Student Recruitment – attend college fairs; host reception for parents.
        • Mentor – serve as a mentor to a current UWI student.
        • Corporate Days – host an event where UWI alumni work.
        • Traveling Business Networking Event – determine some popular locations where alumni can gather socially once a month to network.
        • Family Picnic or outing to a local attraction – provide opportunity for alumni with young families to participate.
        • Taste of UWI – gather once a year to celebrate all the wonderful food and music of the Caribbean.
        • Scholarships – support a current UWI student financially.
        • Volunteer Recognition – recognize volunteers ongoing.