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  • Recruiting volunteers

    22 posts, 8 voices, 1027 views, started Sep 25, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2008 by Becca

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      Does anyone deal with volunteers? Do you have any special networking groups?



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          Coachmombabe wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • Our ministry/organization is primarily volunteer run, including myself (I am the Director). We have 3 part-time paid staff persons, all of whom volunteer many more hours than they are paid for. We have 3 levels of volunteers. The first level are the ones who serve on a daily/regular basis. The next are the ones that come in for special projects, such as fundraisers. We keep them in the loop on much of the organizations happenings. The third tier are those from other groups or organizations that call us to offer a hand now and then, such as various church groups and university clubs. As far as networking, ours is pretty much word of mouth or email.



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          Becca wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • Hi Coach,
          I am a volunteer coordinator for a federally funded program called the Foster Grandparent Program. It is a low-income senior based program that allows them to mentor special needs children. I am always looking for others who are doing similar work, since it is nice to bounce things off of one another.  I will be going to the AVRM conference next week and hopefully I will come back with tons of resources and fresh ideas!!

          I do everything from marketing, publicity, recruiting, placement and training, for both volunteer and site. It’s a pretty time intensive job, but I do love it. It is very rewarding!



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          Coachmombabe wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • Hey Becca! How did your conference go? You are doing a lot of multitasking in your job, I see. I’m not gifted in the fund raising aspect, and yet it is a huge part of the job.  You are right, it’s very rewarding!



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          Becca wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • Hi Coach,
          Just getting back into the swing of being online - I take some time off since I do a ton of event planning during the end of the year.

          The conference went well and I really enjoyed talking to other volunteer coordinators from across the US and Australia. I would highly suggest going to one if you have never done so. You get many different perspectives on things and there is a lot of time to network and brainstorm with others in the field.  It really is refreshing and it inspires to thrust forward into new ways.

          How have things been with you?



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          Trudy S wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • I work for a non-profit too.  We use our local volunteer center and www.volunteermatch.org to get a lot of our volunteers.  We also have information on our website and have fliers that we take to all events at which we have a table.

          Did you know that a lot of big corporations like Microsoft, REI, etc. PAY their employees to volunteer and will also pay your non-profit!  Send information to them and get on their list of possible non-profits for their employees to work at.

          OH - by the way we have over 100 volunteers.  60 of which are very active.  We have our volunteer appreciation event coming up this month.  We couldn’t survive without them.



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          Becca wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • Trudy - volunteer match is a good thing. We use it as well. We also have craigslist - I have actually posted on there and got calls! it is amazing where people look. Get it out anyway you can.
          Becca



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          Coachmombabe wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • Becca, I am really hoping to turn the volunteer coordinating to someone else this year. Soon! For now I think we can combine the event/volunteer coordinator roles, since the events involve working with the bulk of the project volunteers.  

          What kind of info can one look for in these conferences?

          Trudy, that’s a lot of volunteers! You have your work cut out for you!



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          Trudy S wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • coach - thankfully, I am NOT the volunteer coordinator. I do the marketing and fundraising....in fact...can I do a little bragging?

          We received a $40K check today from a funder to whom I wrote a grant application in October for facilities upgrades PLUS a $20K check from a bequest.

          What a way to start the year!!!!

          WEEEEEE!



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          Coachmombabe wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • So Trudy, you write grants? THAT‘S what we need! We are all so busy running the place, we dont’ have the time to write the grants.  

          That’s an awesome gift! I am so happy for you! It will happen for us eventually, we are just now getting the fly wheel moving.



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          Becca wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • That is GREAT Trudy! Wonderful to hear - and in a timely manner. I know how those grants can be. You submit and don’t get the money for months upon months. I’m glad I don’t do much on the financial side. I am a coordinator and event planner for the most part.  

          Coach there are many different workshops at the conference. They can be from how to handle stress to organization to dealing with grandwriting and approaching organizations. It is very diverse.

          I belong and am the Professional Development Chairman of our local Dovia called VASP - Volunteer Administrators of Southwestern Pennsylvania. We have our own website, yahoo blog and have regional networking along with general/board meetings. You should see if there is one locally. It is very beneficial.

          Becca



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          Trudy S wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • Thanks!

          We were quite surprised!

          Thanks for the Dovia info too...I forwarded that to our Volunteer Coordinator.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • Yes, thanks for Dovia. I have bookmarked their website and will peruse it when I have some time.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Apr 5, 2009
        • Doggiemommie, first of all, welcome! Glad to meet you here! Sounds like your rescue group is providing a very helpful service to animals, kudos to you and your team!

          Please let me ruminate on your request a bit. I am sure the gals here will have some helpful suggestions.



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          Jenni0811 wrote Apr 5, 2009
        • Dogmommie, WELCOME! My sister owns a german sheppherd rescue. I will ask her for info and PM it to you.



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          Trudy S wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • It is tough trying to recruit!  Donations are even harder in this economic environment.  Many people and/or businesses are not giving to any new groups...only to groups they have been working with over the years.

          Is your pet rescue unique in the area you are in - like a no- kill shelter?  That is the first hurdle to jump. If you are duplicating another service without being able to articulate why that is needed it is hard to convince people to give to yet another...X organization.

          If you are unique and are able to articulate your mission...are you non-profit?  Again, many individuals and/or businesses won’t give to for-profit orgs...‘just making money for themselves’ is the thought...even if it isn’t true.

          Lastly, if you pass all those tests (!), try linking up with someone who has a similar cause at heart...ie a VET.  Can you get them to accept donations and/or hand out information on your behalf?

          I could go on and on and on as you can see!  I’ll leave it there for now.  Let me know if you have other questions!



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          Conakat wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • I don’t know if this is useful or not, but I used to work for the IRS and they allow employees eight hours of work time to volunteer. The best way to get at those volunteers is through organizations within the IRS such as AIM and ASPIRE and HIRE (all minority organizations...I can’t remember the others...) but we were always looking for something OTHER than tax prep to do...



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          Trudy S wrote Apr 10, 2009
        • I am a grant writer...just got another $5K today for our new radio system!  WEEEE it has been a good week.  

          I will PM you...but I’ll tell you that only inexperienced grant writers will write on retainer.



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