It's the little things that make people feel appreciated, especially when they are giving freely of their time and energy.
It's often the same people volunteering for the soccer club, the hockey club, the church bazaar and the community fun day. It’s great to see such commitment and dedication, but along with their involvement there is a great danger – volunteer burnout!
Is your group trying to look forward and evolve but having trouble knowing where to start? Been working on a project for so long, you’ve lost track of whether things are going as planned? Use evaluation as a starting point, a check-in or a final step.
Does your organization have difficulty recruiting new volunteers? It may be more than a lack of willing volunteers. It may be time to take a closer look at how your organization works.
The kind of experience a new member has with your group is more important than you might realize. If people don’t feel welcome or needed, their interest and enthusiasm will disappear and your group has just lost a valuable resource!
Knowing why people give their time and talents can help you plan for volunteer involvement.
Even though bringing new people into the group can feel disruptive or slow you down, in the long run it will benefit you, your fellow group members and your community.
Volunteer Canada's Safe Steps Screening Program provides an easy-to-use method for organizations to ensure that the people they serve are safe.
Screening is a process designed to create and maintain a safe environment.
Personalizing your volunteer recognition component of your program is the best form of showing appreciation for the contribution of volunteers
The club offers programs that are developmentally appropriate and considers the gender differences of participants.
An approved job description is completed for all staff and volunteer positions (including team/coaching staff). Criteria used to hire staff and select volunteers are established and documented...
All new employees and volunteers (including directors) are oriented and provided the appropriate training to perform their job and to understand the policies of the club...
The contributions of volunteers are acknowledged and recognized. The impact and contributions of volunteers and the volunteer program are regularly evaluated.
The club has a policy and action plan with reference to the recruitment, retention and retirement of athletes, coaches and officials...
The club has identified an individual(s) who is responsible for coordinating communications and media coordination that promote or market the club to the community or partners...