Chris Stephen has written another great, short & sweet blog post with some tips for organisations who are facing the problem with volunteers thinking nobody wants volunteers.
Of course this isn’t the case, so here’s some suggestions to avoid this situation.
“Nobody wants Volunteers”! ! !
A call to organisations. Please Sort out your Information.
Worryingly this is something we hear in the volunteer centre regularly. Potential volunteers have gone on line, found opportunities that fit their criteria applied and then a big fat NOTHING.
If you spend a couple of evenings looking on line for the perfect volunteering opportunity and then apply for 6 or 7 opportunities and no one from any of the organisations gets back to you then you can be excused for thinking that “no one wants volunteers”.
Check list for organisations.
- Have a policy regarding time frame to reply to online inquiries. i.e. I will reply to all enquires with 7 days. If we set ourselves targets we are generally more likely to stick to it
- If I’m going to struggle to get back to people. Have a standard email that says sorry we are really, really busy at the moment we do appreciate your inquiries and will get back to asap.
- If your volunteer opportunity has been filled. Write back to people and say thanks for your interest we are sorry etc….
- Online checklist… Have any of your details changed. i.e. phone numbers names, role descriptions. Ensure your diary has a built in check to re read all online information. It goes out of date quickly so keep checking. It does take time but it is so important.
Chris (on her high horse about keeping info up to date)