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In this issue I wanted to cover the topic: volunteers as leaders. The end of summer is a good time of year to think about volunteers that might be interested leadership roles. These tips and resources below should be helpful to you. Give me a call if you need help around any aspect of engaging volunteers.
A Few Tips...
Schedule a yearly check up with volunteers - or have volunteer leaders do this. Phone or in-person contact provides an opportunity to find out if volunteers are interested in other opportunities and helps retain them as well. Find out what's motivating them. Identify the people who are attracted to being leaders and organizers, and offer them leadership roles.
Create new volunteer short-term projects. Consider asking people to be project leaders as a step to more involvement. Short-term projects are a good way for volunteer leaders to take ownership in seeing an effort through to completion. It also helps you decide if a volunteer is reliable and ready for more responsibility.
Cook up new ongoing assignments: With other staff members come up with a list of possible volunteer leader roles that would be helpful to your organization. Put out a call to your volunteers about the new positions and emphasize that there is flexiblity regarding the number of hours (or tasks) needed throughout the year.
The Leadership Ladder: Fostering Volunteer Engagement and Leadership by New York Cares is a great publication offering effective strategies to improve the recruitment and engagement of leader volunteers. Read more.
Volunteer Leadership Training. "A chronic challenge for the not-for-profit sector is seeking out and retaining talented volunteer leaders. The lack of training to develop critical volunteer leadership competencies is holding back non-profit organizations." says consultant Jim Pealow of AMCES Consulting. Read more.
Successful Delegation: Using the Power of Other People's Help. Mind Tools provides good tips and even a free downloadable worksheet to help you delegate better. While not specific to volunteers, it's a winner and the website is informative as well. Read more.
Contact me any time should you have questions concerning how to maximize your utilization of volunteers to save money, make money, and do more mission. Visit Volunteer Frontier, to find great resources and a full list of my services. Learn about the Volunteer Frontier approach to yield impressive returns for years to come. Lastly, visit my blog to get my take on trends and ideas in the field of volunteering.