Five Ways to Attract and Keep Great Volunteers

Four youth workers applaud a new volunteer.
Treat volunteers like donors. Many people give their time to a cause in lieu of money, and your board can respond by thanking those people just as they’d thank a major donor. A simple call of thanks to an especially attentive volunteer ensures they know how valuable their work is.

Volunteers can do a lot to promote your program’s mission. With proper training, they can cover a shift at an emergency shelter. Or they can coordinate a social night for your youth, organize fundraising campaigns, cook meals and help in myriad other ways.

In this slideshow we look at good ways to get people to volunteer—and how to keep them coming back, hopefully with friends in tow. By making it easy and rewarding to volunteer, you’ll turn your organization into a destination for community members who share your mission.

As always, we want to hear from you. Tell us on Facebook and Twitter about your volunteer success stories.

Find these ideas and others in the following NCFY articles:

Right on the Money: Good Stewardship Equals Good Management

Bright Idea: A Few Good Men

Right on the Money: You Get What You Pay for When You Hire a Volunteer Coordinator

Right on The Money: Volunteer Nights Attract New Faces

Fundraising Week 2012: How to Say Thank You

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