Author: Michael Hickey, Associations Now
Ask yourself how you’re using volunteers and whether they have the right resources. Also: Keys to a successful video job interview.
Looking to improve your association’s volunteer program? Whether your program is brand-new or well-established, self-evaluation is the key to success, says Your Membership’s Tirrah Switzer.
“Of course, gathering feedback through a volunteer survey will give you insights into what your volunteers want. But it’s also important to take time to ask yourself questions and reflect on your volunteer program,” she says.
For example, make sure descriptions of volunteer opportunities are clear so that you attract the right people for each position. In addition, see if you can offer them multiple levels of commitment.
“Volunteers should be able to choose not only the specific type of opportunity that matches their skill sets, but also the time commitment required. Giving them multiple options to choose from helps ensure they can choose the opportunities that align with their time and expertise,” Switzer says.