Recruitment And Retention Of Volunteers May

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The basics of developing a volunteer recruitment plan and retaining the volunteers you recruit.

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Recruitment And Retention Of Volunteers May

  1. 1. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers<br />Presentation to: LTC Ombudsman TrainingApril 1, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Volunteers<br />To volunteer is to choose to act in recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for monetary profit, going beyond one’s basic obligations.<br />
  3. 3. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Volunteers<br />Why do you want volunteers?<br />
  4. 4. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Volunteers<br />What are some “first choice” reasons to have volunteers?<br />
  5. 5. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />First Choice<br />Credibility because they are unsalaried<br />Receiving assistance from a volunteer makes a difference to the recipient<br />Volunteers are “insider/outsiders”<br />Volunteers extend your sphere of influence<br />
  6. 6. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />First Choice<br />Volunteers bring the luxury of focus.<br />Volunteers can approach an assignment with less pressure and stress<br />Volunteers are always “private citizens” and can more freely contact legislators and the media.<br />
  7. 7. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />First Choice<br />Volunteers do not save you money.<br />
  8. 8. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Volunteers<br />Why do you want volunteers?<br />
  9. 9. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Recruitment is the 3rd Step<br />Step 1 – Determining why you want volunteers?<br />Step 2 – Developing valuable volunteer assignments and writing position descriptions.<br />
  10. 10. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />The Third Step<br />Task A – Brainstorm potential sources of people for each position description you developed.<br />Task B – For each potential source select the most appropriate technique to communicate your message.<br />
  11. 11. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />The Third Step <br />Task C – Do it! Go out and ask people to volunteer.<br />Task D – Be prepared for applicants to contact you by having a welcoming system for interviewing, screening and putting new volunteers to work<br />
  12. 12. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Additional Tasks<br />Analyze the image of your organization in the community<br />Examine the other related images that affect volunteer recruitment<br />Consider the trends and issues in the field of volunteerism today<br />
  13. 13. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Place Volunteers<br />Screen applicants<br />Place in appropriate positions<br />
  14. 14. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Orient and Train Volunteers<br />Difference between orientation and training<br />
  15. 15. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Supervise and Recognize<br />Person to report directly to<br />Evaluations of performance<br />Appropriate recognition relies on knowing what motivates the volunteer<br />
  16. 16. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Evaluate the Entire Program<br />To justify existence/funding<br />To get a sense of accomplishment<br />To be able to answer questions of staff, board members and funders<br />
  17. 17. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Credit<br />From the Top Down – The Executive Role in Volunteer Program Success<br />The Volunteer Recruitment Book<br />Both by Susan J. Ellis and available through the KCCVS Lending Library<br />
  18. 18. Cabinet for Health and Family Services<br />Contact Us for Additional Info<br />KY Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service<br />275 E Main Street 3W-E<br />Frankfort, KY<br />40621<br />800-239-7404<br />www.volunteerky.ky.gov<br />

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