Recruiting Volunteers

How to Recruit Volunteers in 7 Steps

The success of any event relies mainly on the help and dedication of unpaid volunteers. Here are 7 Steps to recruit volunteers:

  • Write a list of needs. Before you attempt to find help, you should assess exactly how many and what kind of volunteers you will require. Some volunteer projects will require physical labor, some administrative and other projects, and some a combination..
  • Ask the people you know Family, friends and neighbors are a great source for your volunteer pool. Approaching them personally also adds to the likelihood that they will say yes, since it is often difficult to turn down an opportunity to volunteer face to face.
  • Approach community professionals. Your local area business owners are usually willing to offer services to further your cause, but often go untapped because project managers believe that entrepreneurs will not donate their expertise for free. You can find help by asking the office supply store to donate copying services and the grocery store to donate food.
  • Look to local organizations for help. There are youth, men’s and women’s groups in churches that are actually looking for you to provide opportunities for volunteerism. The same is true of scouting groups who need volunteer projects to complete badge requirements.
  • Use the Internet. It’s no secret that the majority of society today is tapped into the Internet. Recruit volunteers by posting information on your website, Facebook and designing pages on the various social networks that have a “help wanted” area for users to peruse.
  • Attend area meetings. If there are other volunteer organizations gathering in your community, you can find help by going to their meetings and offering some assistance. You become visible and the people who volunteer there may be more apt to volunteer for you in the future.
  • Use every available resource. Call the local schools, libraries, your community center and town clerk to ask if you can recruit volunteers by adding a blurb to newsletters, bulletin boards and websites. Local businesses such as grocery stores also have bulletin boards where you can tack up a flyer.

Tips on Recruiting Volunteers:

Always make your volunteers feel welcome and introduce them to other members in the group so that they feel comfortable and like they belong.
Make the effort to train your volunteers. Investing time in training will give volunteers a sense of confidence in their tasks and will benefit you in the long run when you don’t have to micromanage them.
When you recruit volunteers, spend a little time talking with people to properly match their skills with the jobs available.

Good Luck!