Entries by Kieran

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey

What is the name of your team? Easing Hunger How long has the team been together For eight months. What is your team’s goal/mission? After Superstorm Sandy, the area we serve in Ocean County, NJ was devastated.  Our agency lost approx. 100 volunteers because they needed to relocate or they were concentrating on rebuilding their […]

Building Your Blueprint: The Importance of Team Charters

Failure to plan is planning to fail. This is an oft-cliched saying and this is for good reason. And unfortunately it is far too easy to apply this saying to the world of self directed volunteer teams™. The process of creating an SDV team can be an exciting one. It is a process of gathering […]

When recruiting volunteers, practice “cultivation”.

Just as you would nurture seeds and plants in a garden to ensure maximum growth, so you must nurture potential volunteers.  This means that a “one time ask” might not be sufficient to encourage someone to commit to a project.  You may need to invite them to events at your agency, introduce them to other volunteers and […]

Be aware of language and terminology.

Many adults who are technically “senior citizens” resist the idea of being called a “senior citizen”.  Some people, particularly those not born in the U.S.,  don’t identify as “baby boomers” despite the fact that they fall within that age bracket.  For some, the word “volunteer” has a pejorative meaning, especially if they perceive volunteers as not […]

Word of Mouth Works!

Remember-word of mouth is your best recruiter.  People are most likely to volunteer when they are asked by someone they know.

Use social networking as a recruitment strategy.

Your agency website or Facebook page, even a Twitter account are all effective ways of getting the word out about your opportunities-even for those of baby boomer age who are far more tech savvy than they are often given credit for.  Going virtual is certainly more cost-effective than creating paper fliers and brochures and can […]