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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Five Ways to Engage Your Volunteers

I know there are more. These are just a few I wanted to pass along.
5. Give recognition in an open and publicized way. If not made public, recognition loses much of its impact and defeats much of the purpose for which it provided. Do not however, think that public recognition will substitute for private, personal thank yous and respect.

4. Know that volunteers are affected by the people with whom they will work. It is essential that a new volunteer be made to quickly feel as though they are one of the group. If your volunteer does not feel as though they belong, your volunteer will begin to disappear.

3. Work around your volunteers' schedule, don't make them work around yours. These people work 40-50 hours a week, if not more. So when you schedule a meeting, make it a time that's convenient for them.

2. Transfer ownership. Your volunteers will be more engaged in what they do when they are able to take ownership of what they do.

1. People matter more than projects. Relationships matter more than tasks.
Numbers five and four are values taken from CASAnet.
For a more in-depth look at volunteers, get a copy of Simply Strategic Volunteers: Empowering People For Ministry by Tony Morgan & Tim Stevens.

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