Recruiting new volunteers can feel like a daunting task. How do you ask someone to give up some of their most precious commodity, time, for free? Well, first, you need to understand that people actually want to give back to the things they care about, and second, if you manage your volunteers correctly, they’ll get just as much out of the experience as you. Below, I’ve included three ways for you to reach out to volunteers to make sure that when you ask, they’re ready to say yes.
Create a list of the people you see most
If you see the same faces at every function your organization hosts, those people probably have a heart for your mission! Individuals who already care about your organization want to contribute and will most likely jump at the chance to volunteer their time and talent. As you continue to host events, look for those familiar faces and start forming the relationship now. That way, the next time you need a volunteer, it won’t be coming out of the blue.
Ask them personally
A generic ask breeds a generic response. If you truly want people to volunteer with your organization you need to make sure that you ask them personally. And when you ask, make sure that you talk about your shared vision. Talk about why what you do matters and how they can be a big part of making sure that the organization continues to make a big impact. Once you’ve framed the conversation that way, your potential volunteer will get excited about being a part of something bigger than yourself and they will become much more likely to say yes.
Match personalities to volunteer opportunities
When you’re pitching your volunteering opportunity, talk about how it aligns with what they do well. If you have an artistic mother of four wanting to give her time to your organization, she probably is not best suited to data entry, even if that’s something that you really need. By finding the right work for your volunteers you aren’t just creating a space for you to get temporary help, you are creating volunteers for life.
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