In his book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, John L. Lipp offered some ways that nonprofits can accomplish this goal:
- It all starts with flexibility. If the volunteer is still taking classes, it might be tough for them to commit more than two hours. This is especially the case near the end of the semester, when work loads typically increase.
- Lipp says that most young people like working together, so pair up students to promote teamwork skills.
- Keep your volunteers engaged by making mundane tasks more fun. For example, have an envelope stuffing party with pizza and videos.
- Involving youth volunteers not only addresses short-term needs of an organization, but also long-term needs. Try to engage these volunteers as best as possible so they will turn to your organization in the future when they have disposable income.