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Volunteering News to Use September 11, 2012

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Creating a Meaningful Volunteer Experience

Volunteers are an integral part of many nonprofits. Retaining these volunteers proves to be just as challenging as recruiting them. Brad Jamison of Volunteermatch.org has identified five tips to help create a meaningful volunteer experience, which is paramount to volunteer retention.

  1. Be prepared — Know what you want your volunteers to do and have a backup or two in case they finish early or can’t take on the desired task for some reason.
  2. Make it easy — From directions and parking information to proper attire and a day-of contact, provide volunteers with all they will need to support you properly.
  3. Keep them busy — Start your projects on time, don’t schedule too many breaks and have more tasks for people to do.
  4. Sell, sell, sell — Explain to your volunteers what your organization does and how, specifically, their service helps you fulfill your mission. The more volunteers feel connected the more likely they are to return.
  5. Spread the word — Ask your volunteers to spread the word about your organization and their experience. Follow up with a thank you email that includes a note encouraging them to share their story via social networks. And, make sure they know how to connect people back to you – share your website, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with them.

Upcoming Days of Service:

 September 11, 2012: National Day of Remembrance and Service

Congress has designated September 11 as a national day of remembrance and service to honor the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Congress, the President and the Corporation for National and Community Service encourage all citizens to serve on September 11. Visit www.serve.gov for volunteer service opportunities being organized this year.

September 30, 2012: Gold Star Mother’s Day

Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States armed forces. Consider organizing a service project for veterans or families of the fallen in commemoration of Gold Star Mother’s Day.

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