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Working With Volunteers — Considerations

Volunteers can be a great way to add value to your program, but effective volunteer programs take time to manage. Even though volunteers are not paid, there is still a cost to your staff in terms of planning and preparation. Here are some things to consider before starting a new volunteer program:

  • What will the volunteers be doing? Do they need any special training?
  • What are your expectations? How much time and how long do the volunteers need to commit?
  • Who will ensure the volunteer program is successful? Will you appoint one staff member as the point person to answer questions and communicate the volunteers’ schedules?
  • What will you do if a volunteer is not working out? Do you have a procedure in place for removing volunteers who violate certain policies?
  • How will you recognize and thank the volunteers? Will you need to organize a volunteer recognition ceremony or celebration?

Tip: The Volunteer Job Description and Sample Volunteer Skills Grid will help you get started. Also check out the Working with Volunteers Training to Go.

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