Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Recruiting volunteers

So, I've begun to be active in an affiliate group of my university's alumni association. Their handbook is a good one, and here's the list on recruiting volunteers that I found to be quite well put.
  • Do not assume that people are too busy. Sometimes busy people like to be busy.
  • Be a friend and make sure they are welcomed.
  • Do not belittle the job.
  • Do not make it sound too easy.
  • Give the job a name, define a timeframe, provide guidance and relay expectations.
  • Do not add to the responsibilities during the job.
  • Make sure the task is achievable and the goal is obtainable.
  • Speak the language of the person you are trying to recruit. Ask yourself, what do we do that would be of interest to them?
  • If you are not personally committed, assign someone else to do the recruitment.
  • Always recruit volunteers on the basis of the service to clients, not to the needs of the [organization]. People work for people, not things.
  • Tell people what they will do, how long they are expected to do it, and who will benefit.
  • Remember that you are trying to remove people's reasons to say NO, not force them into volunteering.
  • Never use guilt when trying to recruit.
  • Be honest and upfront with people when recruiting. Do not minimize the work or time required.