Thursday, October 13, 2011

All About Volunteer Management

Volunteers can be some of the driving forces behind a nonprofit's success, but they can only reach that level with proper training and support.  That's where volunteer management comes in handy.  This technique is more than just making sure volunteers are supervised.  The process starts before they are hired to work, by making sure the individuals know exactly the kind of work they will be doing.  Here's a quick definition that will explain this topic further:

Volunteer management is the process of organizing and training nonprofit volunteers. More than any other institution, nonprofits rely on the help of unpaid volunteers to keep the organization running. Without the proper support, however, these individuals won’t be able to effectively do their work. This kind of support includes making instruction sheets, creating volunteer orientation programs, and assigning staff members to keep track of their work. The description for the volunteer position should be clearly written so that applicants know exactly what is expected of them. It’s also important to make sure all volunteers feel welcome and appreciated.
The NonProfit Times organizes all of its articles by categories, and one of these is volunteer management.  Have you been wanting to learn more about how to get the most of your organization's volunteers?  Head on over to our "Search Articles" page to read more about it, as well as the others topics we have posted.

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