Renewing your volunteer base and engaging youth


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New Brunswick Non-Profit housing Association Annual Conference - 2012

Presented by Michele Brideau

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  • Talk about other seminars in this series page 2
  • Overview of page 3 and 4
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  • Page 7. have them fill out their particular volunteer opportunities in the blank spaces
  • Page 9 list values and goals revamp old ones too!
  • Page 10 list places, events and other opportunities to recruit here
  • Page 12 – PPt brochures, Facebook, Flckr
  • Page 13 – give examples
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  • Page 28 Facebook
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  • Page 12 will also be covered in youth recruitment page 28 of workbook
  • Page 12
  • Ageism – senility strikes after 75 yrs of age not be confused with AltzeimersOlder people need looking after young people are violent
  • Page 39 last exercise
  • Page 18 do a volunteer profile page 19
  • Page 20 do volunteer job descriptions
  • Page 19 bottom
  • Many non-profits include volunteers at team building exercises, board meetings and on committees. P.24
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  • Page 15 and 16
  • Page 21 page 22. start planning your volunteer manual or updating the one you have
  • Page 23
  • Page 25 communication training and meet-ups
  • Page 26 list opportunities to bring both groups together here
  • Page 16, 17
  • Renewing your volunteer base and engaging youth

    1. 1. Renewing your volunteer base and engaging youth
    2. 2. Engaging and Motivating Volunteers Volunteering is a gift of time, talent, skills and experience. Understanding why people choose to volunteer is key to recruiting them What are your volunteer recruitment challenges?
    3. 3. Reasons people volunteer • Contribution to the community • Sharing their skills • Affected by cause • Exploring self • Networking • Joining with friends • Faith • Job opportunities
    4. 4. Interesting Statistics  93% of Atlantic Canadians volunteer to make a difference 82% volunteer to share their skills and experience 63% volunteer because they are personally affected by a cause 56% volunteer to learn new skills 53% volunteer to network and get to know new people 25% volunteer for religious reasons and to access new job opportunities
    5. 5. Using the top 8 Reasons • List your volunteer task and opportunities • Do they match up with the top 8 reasons? • How can you improve your odds ?
    6. 6. Vision and Mission • Here is a good place to start! • Do you have a vision and mission statement? • Mission is what you do best every day • Vision is what the future looks like because you do your mission exceedingly well.
    7. 7. Recruiting Volunteers • Start close to home • Volunteers want to contribute in their own community • Have an open house • Get the word out – use local newspapers and TV. • Make room for social media
    8. 8. Creating new partnerships • Build relationships with schools • Start a referral program • Use bulletin boards • No. 1 reason people don’t volunteer? • No one asked them to. • A new twist on the business card!
    9. 9. Your organization’s elevator pitch • Combine mission and vision statement • Make it interesting and brief • Print it out a copy for staff, board and other volunteers • Combine it with recruitment business card • Offer incentives
    10. 10. Engaging Younger Volunteers
    11. 11. Engaging Younger Volunteers • Younger volunteer to gain job experience and new skills • Younger people also volunteer with friends • Younger people like to be asked to put their own skills to work for others. • Many colleges and universities in N.B. now have mandatory leadership/volunteer programs
    12. 12. Recruiting Younger Volunteers • Facebook • Twitter, Tumblr • Texting • Partnering with Schools • Partnering with established Youth groups • Making your environment Youth Friendly
    13. 13. Social Media • Do you Facebook? • Do you Tweet? • Is your website up to date? • Do you text? • Social media is free but also takes time.
    14. 14. Getting started with Social media • Facebook is your best option to start • You must have a personal account to open a Facebook page • Does anyone in your office use Facebook? • Include this in a future job description.
    15. 15. Myths and Facts • Young people won’t go for it • Older people are afraid of young people • Two generations won’t be able to talk • Respect will be an issue • Older people are all the same • Teenagers are trouble • Older people are all senile
    16. 16. What it can do for you • Younger volunteers can increase your volunteer pool, • It can bring in the expertise you need to accomplish projects or other initiatives • It is additional fundraising capacity • It creates an enriching work environment • It is good for the community
    17. 17. 5 powerful questions • Why do you volunteer? • Why do you want to volunteer with us? • What do you wish to learn? • How much time can you give? • What would you like to do here?
    18. 18. Their vision VS your mission • Volunteers quit most often because ‘’it wasn’t what they expected’’. • Make sure to ask the right questions • Check in with volunteers • Have volunteer leaders and/or coordinator • Have position descriptions • Be honest about what your organization needs
    19. 19. Volunteer Expectations • Volunteers expect to be respected • Volunteers expect to be informed • Volunteers expect flexibility • Volunteers expect recognition • What are you doing to ensure these expectations are being met???
    20. 20. Benefits • Beyond the warm and fuzzies • Learning new skills • Meeting new people • Participating on projects • Being part of the decision making process • Being part of a team • References • Networking opportunities
    21. 21. Retaining your Volunteers •Best practices for managing the volunteers you have and keeping them starts with good human resources practices.
    22. 22. After recruitment comes retention • Keeping track of your volunteers • Interview each one or have someone from your board or staff do this. • Screening is required when volunteers work with children or vulnerable clientele • References are a good way to get to know someone. • Be straight forward
    23. 23. Tools to retain • A system to track volunteer hours • A quick way to reach volunteers • A description of volunteer opportunities • A business recruitment card • Flexible schedules • A volunteer coordinator • Trial period • A volunteer hand book
    24. 24. Orientation of Volunteers • Create a volunteer handbook • Do introduce them to everyone • Offer a tour of the premises • Give them a contact person, email or phone number • Include benefits, recognition and rewards
    25. 25. Benefits * Recognition * Rewards • Yes, people volunteer to give freely of their time, talents, skills and experience. • However, everyone enjoys to thanked, recognized and rewarded for their contribution. • What does your organization do?
    26. 26. Communicating with Volunteers • A sense of belonging and loyalty comes from knowing what’s going on and being part of something. • How often does your organization communicate with volunteers • How do you communicate with volunteers • Social media, email and texting
    27. 27. Building bridges • Between volunteers, staff and board members • People who know each other work better together. • Bringing the cause and the people who work behind the scenes together is a great combo.
    28. 28. Dealing with conflict • And other problems that will come up • Follow up immediately after complaint • Write everything down • Meet everyone concerned separately • Ask the same questions • Apply corrective measures • Follow-up with everyone and communicate clearly.
    29. 29. Getting started
    30. 30. People volunteer with and for… •Organizations they know! •Tell your stories and share your history.
    31. 31. Top 3 action items •What can you do to get started on recruiting the volunteers you need?
    32. 32. Any Questions ?