9 Quick Tips for Recruiting Volunteers
Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff
- Your best resource? Your current volunteers! Ask existing volunteers if they know anyone who would be interested in volunteering to support your organization’s mission.
- Get your organization on social media! Social media boasts great potential for exposure for your nonprofit. Post photos and tag volunteers participating in volunteer events. Generate excitement about your mission and promote opportunities for new volunteers to get involved.
- Seeking out Baby Boomer volunteers in particular? Target soon-to-be retirees by contacting corporate HR departments. Ask them to place your organization’s information in their employee retirement packets.
- Placing small ads in the local newspaper can reach older volunteers too.
- Looking for weekday volunteers? Find corporate groups that do monthly service days. School groups run volunteer days during the academic year all the time, too!
- Recruiting on college campuses also reaches a large pool of potential candidates with diverse availability and skills (Hint: fraternity and sorority groups often require members to volunteer a certain number of hours per semester).
- What’s the difference between volunteering and unpaid internships? Not much. Position your volunteer opportunity as an internship in the nonprofit field.
- Want even younger volunteers? Partner with service clubs (Key Club, Interact, National Honor Society, Green Team, etc.) at local schools.
- Finally, reaching out to faith-based groups is a wonderful way to connect with prospective volunteers. Group leaders can host an open house or put notices in the weekly bulletin.