We want other people – volunteers who will advocate through their actions and words and who will care as much as we do to help us do our work. Will that happen? Not likely!So, how can we ask them to help in ways that benefit us and our missions, and at the same time doesn’t overwhelm them and takes just a bit of time from their lives? How can we assure that everyone’s needs are met? Happy volunteers stick around!
You have a waiting room of hurt and needy people and the phone rings and you’re the only person there to answer it.It’s 4:00. You want to check in on Sally to see if she and her kids are doing okay, but you have a report due tomorrow.---------------Your receptionist volunteer hears of someone in her neighborhood who hit his wife in their front yard. Because of her work with your agency, she now knows what to do to help the woman.Your happy volunteers feels so fulfilled with her work that she recommends to a friend that she also come help.
Where are your greatest areas of need? Qualifier: that will appeal to a volunteer and that a volunteer can manageFor instance, easy to ask to file - most volunteers will quit in a heartbeat – how would you like to think you’re helping an important mission and then be told to stick your nose in a file drawer for several hours? Your filing basket is an organization issue; not a good volunteer opportunity.The right volunteer could make follow-up reminder calls to clients to remind them of court dates that may make a difference if they show up or not.The right volunteer can help a client make a safety plan.The right volunteer can attend seminars and trainings in the community and make reports to staff – extend your community presence.The right volunteer can answer the phone and schedule appointments.The right volunteer can distribute family safety materials to local businesses and restaurants to post.
Make agencies list for identification of potential partners…Simple campaigns can have big impact. Engage a group – high school kids? A church group? – to ask businesses to post office printer-generated safe family posters (with multiple agencies as sponsors) for a week 4 times a year… Ask people in the group to share their time with one of the sponsor agencies…they may choose yours!Plan dual staff trainings between agencies so one agency is better informed about another’s work and they message becomes two-fold…Others?Santa Claus moments – Aha!Or…
What is advocacy?<br />1. to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers–noun 2. a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually fol. by of): an advocate of peace. 3. a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor. 4. a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.<br />
Advocacy Purpose<br /> Increasing awareness;<br /> empowering action<br />Teach individuals and groups through presentations, literature, website and word-of-mouth about creating and making choices.<br />Build victim services and support with other advocates and community resources.<br />Actfor process improvement when indicators reveal the need to do so.<br />
How will volunteers help?<br />Relieve you of duties that prevent you from spending more hands-on time with clients<br />Word-of-mouth extends your advocacy message into the community<br />Others? <br />
What are your agency needs?<br />Break duties and objectives into segments:<br />Direct Support – counseling, shelter?<br />Services – safety planning, referrals? <br />Administration – paper work, documentation?<br />Follow-up – contact and support? <br />Community involvement – memberships, trainings?<br />
Teach volunteers to speak out<br />Words<br />Neighbors<br />Associations<br />Church friends<br />Checkout lines<br />Kiwanis, Rotary, Civitan<br />Co-workers<br />Workplace meetings<br />Safety Plans<br />Bulletin boards<br /> church and grocery stores, laudramats, liquor stores, restaurants <br />Ladies restroom stalls<br />Carry them in your car<br />Give them to friends to carry<br />
Volunteers can act<br />By providing education, volunteers empower communities to create a world that is free of violence – and fear.<br />By providing advocacy, volunteers empower each person to create a life that is free of violence. <br />By providing information to service providers about the experiences of victims in the system, volunteers can create the greater possibility of abuser and system accountability and service improvements.<br />
Court Watch-type volunteer advocacy <br />Look at a large number of cases, pull together hard data and/or case outcome information<br />Monitor for courtroom demeanor issues and anecdotalexperiences<br />Review a small number of completed cases<br />Spotlight one defendant with a long criminal history<br />Analyze the outcome of a specific piece of legislation <br />Collaborate with an outside researcher or institution<br />Write shorter case summaries for a newsletter or report<br /><ul><li>National Association of Court Monitoring Programs 2007</li></li></ul><li>The volunteer match<br />Match potential volunteers with your program needs<br />Be innovative in engaging people to help<br />Be open to new ideas from volunteers<br />Worksheet<br />
A bigger picture<br />Collaborate with other agencies and community stakeholders to share resources<br />Time<br />Energy<br />Money<br />Develop mass messages personalized for your community<br />Ask yourself: what’s in it for them?<br />
Identify individuals<br />Who in your organization is a member of a group?<br />Identify the groups<br />Who in your organization knows someone in a group?<br />Identify the groups<br />
Teach them how a culture of violence affects everyone…<br />Danger at work and school<br />Increased costs of doing business can translate to less salary for workers<br />Real estate values can decline<br />The cycle continues…<br />
Agency and stakeholder match<br />Match potential agency partners with your program needs<br />Be innovative in your connectionsBe open to new ideas <br />Any connection could be a beginning of collaborative work<br />Worksheet<br />
Teach volunteers tobecome communitypresenters<br />Don’t re-invent the wheel.<br />Practice your presentation and build in a personal story.<br />Don’t worry about not being a pro – your passion will serve you well.<br />If you don’t have the answer, tell them you’ll get it – and then follow-up.<br />
What can volunteers do to help?<br />Distribute safety plans throughout your community<br />Learn to support victims with positive words<br />Learn about family services offered by local agencies <br />Educate others<br />Never turn their back on violence <br />Join a Hope Blossom group<br />Volunteer in your office<br />
Happy volunteer trails to you!<br />mailing address : 6533 E 89th Place Tulsa, OK 74133-5010<br />(918) 519-3698 :: firstname.lastname@example.org :: www.faces.tulsa.org<br />