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How to Keep Great Volunteers

By Alexa Connelly
September 19, 2012

Nowadays, many people want to volunteer to give back to something they feel strongly about and are close to their heart. As you number of volunteers increases with new, motivated volunteers, how do you keep them at your nonprofit organization? The key is to keep your volunteers happy. But how do you keep them happy? Well, they are like employees so, think like a boss and consider the following:

  1. Be prepared for them. Make your volunteers feel like they have a purpose, don’t let them sit around doing nothing, have work prepared for them.
  2.  Make your volunteers feel welcomed by introducing them to others in the organization and showing them around. Be happy, friendly, and helpful towards them.
  3. Train your volunteers. They will appreciate the time that you show them how to do it correctly, that way they know that they are doing it the way you would like them to.
  4. Volunteers want to do interesting work. They are volunteering for your organization because they like what you do and what you stand for so don’t keep them behind the scenes all of the time.
  5. Volunteers, like employees, want to know how much time the job will take. The volunteer has other things to do and plan for so create a schedule for them.
  6. Show your appreciation for them. A “thank you” is nice, but doing something out of the ordinary every so often like taking them to lunch, bringing in cookies, or sending them flowers with a thank you card.
  7. Communicate with your volunteers. Communication is very important anywhere, and that doesn’t stop with volunteers, especially because that is the number one reason volunteers get dissatisfied and leave.
  8. Do your volunteers feel important? Not just to you, but do they feel like they are making a difference? Tell your volunteers that by their great acts they are making the world a better place.

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