In preparation for MIN 507 Leadership Development & Team Building, I came across this great list of “7 Deadly Sins of Volunteer Recruitment” in The New Breed: Understanding & Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer.
- Expect Announcements to Get Volunteers. “Not only do you not get enough people, you get the wrong people.” It is totally a shotgun approach.
- Go It Alone. Instead, establish a recruiting task force or other similar team or network.
- Recruit Only Volunteers Who Make Long-Term Commitments. Give people a taste and they have a good experience, they will volunteer again — or for longer.
- Assume that “No” Means “Never.” Sometimes the “no” just means “not now” or “not this role.” Don’t take it as a personal or permanent rejection.
- Recruit Any Ol’ B.I.C. (“Butt in the Chair”). Give specific roles and responsibilities. This helps volunteers know whether they’re a good fit, and what to do once they get started.
- Ask Busy People to Do Busy Work. “Professionals want to be asked to be in charge of something significant that they also love.”
- Hire Professionals Who Know Nothing About Volunteer Management. “Organizations that rely on volunteers need to hire volunteer managers for their volunteer management positions.” If you are looking for a someone to recruit and manage Sunday School teachers, don’t look for a good teacher; look for a volunteer manager who also knows teaching.