Working With Volunteers: Connect, Engage, Develop
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- Design and implement a volunteer program
- Maintain and Grow Volunteer Engagement
- Provide leadership development tools for volunteers
- Knowledge of working with volunteers
Through this course students will learn how to design, launch, maintain and grow volunteer engagement programs, often referred to as Ambassador Programs within the chamber of commerce sector. In reality the program can be called whatever you want, as long as it is delivering value to your volunteers and driving impact within your organization and your community.
Designing a program that has high value proposition for both your organization and your volunteers. Launching a program that has people on a waiting list to participate in. Maintaining the appropriate size and function for your organization and your community. Growing your volunteer base to a manageable level for today and in the future.
To be truly successful, organizations must have the right decision for their organization, their community and for the long term. Making sure you have the right mix of demographics, activities, accountability, measurements and rewards is the path forward to success.
If you are trying to engage volunteers, currently managing volunteers or need to build a new volunteer program then this course is for you.
First, you need to ask the right questions and have the right tools; then you will need to design the right framework for the program to be sustainable over the long term and finally you will learn how to actively manage a volunteer program with high value and the most active participants. Everyone wants to feel that they are adding value and that their time matters. Make the most of your time and your volunteers.
Let's build YOUR program together!
- Anyone who is working with or for a nonprofit, association or chamber of commerce
- Anyone who wants to engage volunteers
Expectations are one of the most important elements of any great program. You/your organization must be clear in what you expect from your volunteers, and you must be able to clearly communicate those expectations. In return, you must be willing to not only ask, but listen to the expectations of your volunteers. No room for gray areas or miscommunication here.
Providing a handbook for your volunteer program, allows for clarity and continuity. Your volunteers will be able to use it as their reference and you will be able to refer to it as well, and see where you can add on or integrate other programs and benefits. Everyone has to be on the same page, so to speak.
Knowing how or where a volunteer program fits into your organization is going to make development and management of the program all the more easier. Don't assume a volunteer program is a solution to a challenge. Is a volunteer program the right program for your organization now?
The old adage, of build it and they will come, does not apply here. A successful program should be built to last and demands leadership. The program will require maintenance. Designing the program to include engagement from leadership is goes a long way to up your relevancy quotient.
Starting with the end goal in mind is the best method I know of. If you clearly know and commit to supporting what you want the program to do, to provide, then recruiting volunteers becomes a much easier process. I prefer to communicate with others the journey and the goal, then to try and sell a program.
Perks are a great place to start, but don't overload on the perks. Interspersing them or changing them out from year to year allows for variety. You can have them, but you really want to transform from a perk laden program to a benefit rich program.
When you design the program to develop leadership skills within others, you have transformed the program from a transaction relationship to an engagement relationship. I found the path to have a steady stream of new committee members, and future board members. When you can reach the point where you have a waiting list of volunteers, you know you have built a program of high value.
Okay it is not all about me. It is about creating a volunteer program that you feel proud of you. That you yourself would see value in, if you were the volunteer. Remember, though, everyone is different and they have different value perceptions. It is a good starting place, but be open to different opinions and value propositions.