Volunteer Coordination

How to Attract, Involve and Retain Volunteers

The person who finds and coordinates volunteers is sometimes a volunteer him/herself, or might be paid staff. In either case, it can be a challenging role. Volunteers tend to come and go more quickly than paid staff — and each has their own goals, skills, schedule, and expectations. But volunteer coordination can also be very satisfying, both in terms of the good work that is accomplished, and the positive experiences volunteers have with your organization. It's important to remember that if someone has a bad experience with your organization, they may never again support, volunteer or speak well of ...your group or others.

Working effectively with volunteers can take some skill and practice. Here are some articles and resources that could help...

• Evergreen Volunteer Management Handbook
• How to get volunteers to show up? Volunteer Coordination Tips

Volunteer Engagement articles & resources (from CharityVillage)
Human Resources & Volunteer Management links (from the Sustainability Network)

Leadership, Teamwork, Group Process, Consensus
Check-ins, Talking Circles, Listening Circles (for volunteers and paid staff alike)

• More – Google Directory sections on Volunteer Management | Volunteering
• Google search for "volunteer management"
• Google Directory section on Human Resources Management