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About goodcompany Who are our volunteers? How can we help you? What volunteer projects can I request? Applying for a volunteer Tips, considerations and next steps Step 4: The first meeting Tips and advice Take action! Who is goodcompany? Step 1: Understanding your skill gaps Step 2: Creating a good project Step 3: Obtaining a volunteer Things to consider…
One full time Executive officer, the remainder of the team works part-time
Board, committee and regular volunteers help run the organisation
goodcompany is grateful for the past, current and future support of our corporate partners, state governments, philanthropic trusts and foundations, individual donors, and in kind support from Hall & Wilcox and Moon Design.
With this support, goodcompany is able to offer their service free of charge to our volunteers and registered community groups.
goodcompany can help you by working together with your organisation and making us aware of your skilled volunteering needs. Through –
Online matching – posting & updating the status of your volunteer projects
Events - attending & networking with volunteers
Community group workshops – meeting other Community Groups, sharing insights, answers to your questions, & scoping volunteer projects
eNewsletters – reading our up to date resource on our service for community groups and volunteers. Content includes volunteer and community group profiles, articles, useful links and volunteering news. Community groups that are active and utilise our services can be profiled to all our volunteers and community groups.
An interesting, detailed, well scoped volunteer project (the same as for a paid job)
Project/s that utilise their skills, whether it be skills they use at work, or skills in a hobby outside of work
A chance to connect and impact the community – point out how their skills make a difference!
Specific requirements (time, location, skills, experience) so they can determine if they are suitable/available or not
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Address the following questions, and include the information in your project description and you will increase your chances of success:
Does the volunteer need to complete the project:
face to face?
during business hours?
Can some or all of the project be done over phone/email (there are lots of volunteers who may be out of your area)
What support are you able to give the volunteer?
Has any work been done on this project before? Are you starting a process from scratch?
Does the project have a deadline? Or do you have a preferred finish date?
How many hours will a volunteer need to commit to the project a week/month or in total? Don’t forget most volunteers are looking for, and can contribute successfully to your organisation, a one-off, defined, project.
Listed below are the sections to be covered in a submission and some examples of what to include in each:
About your organisation – The group’s mission, who or what to you help and how
Volunteer project description and responsibilities – Activities and tasks, objectives
Expected outcomes – Specific deliverables, and how will these be measured
Required skills – Specific skills and attributes the volunteer will require
Resources – what physical resources will be provided, and any unusual working conditions
Timeframe and milestones – Starting date, deadlines, number of hours
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3. Obtaining a volunteer Over the next pages, you will see the next steps in the process of obtaining a volunteer. Don’t forget, when filling in your submission, you want to ensure potential volunteers are inspired by your organisation and the role, and how they will make a difference. Topic menu Next > < Back
Acknowledge and respond to an application (after all, it’s an interest in your project and organisation) in a timely manner. How and when you communicate will often determine the success of the volunteer relationship.
Feel free to ask for a resume, or portfolio before inviting them to progress
Accept = volunteer and community group contact details are exchanged by goodcompany
Reject = goodcompany will notify the volunteer that it is not a good fit and the project will be republished (unless you notify us)
Click to read the email goodcompany sends to volunteers
You need to consider there are risks in engaging any volunteer. Take action to manage these, starting with using your standard practice to vet volunteers as goodcompany does not formally do this.
Make sure your volunteer and public liability insurance is current.
To acknowledge and respond to interest from a volunteer in a timely manner. How and when you communicate will often determine the success of the volunteer relationship.
If the volunteer is not “a good fit”, they might be suitable for another project. If not, don’t despair and give up sourcing skilled volunteers for your organisation. Try again!
If application quality is not up to expectations, consider that you may not have made your expectations clear in your original request for help. Reconsider the project brief and rewrite the description incorporating the changes.
“ Firstly, thank you for responding to the goodcompany volunteer project. Your offer to help is greatly appreciated however this volunteer project match is not quite right.
This could be for a few reasons… the group has found help elsewhere, they require a different level of expertise, would prefer someone in a different location or have had to change the timing for the project.
Don’t let it deter you from doing good. We hope you’ll dive back in and see if there’s another volunteer project that’s right for you. www.goodcompany.com.au”