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Are your chapters having a hard time finding and keeping chapter leaders and volunteers? Do you have the same volunteers on the board from year to year? Leaders get burnt out. Other members get turned off by what they perceive as the exclusive “country club” power structure—often the place where good ideas go to die.
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If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please send a cover letter indicating the committee in which you are interested along with your resume to CAMFT at 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors.
Suggestions for Recruiting Volunteers
No matter what type of work you need volunteers to help with, you should make sure they are familiar with your mission and operations. When you explain what volunteers help you to achieve, you make their work more satisfying. And volunteers who gain a sense of accomplishment from their work will be more likely to lend a hand again
New volunteers should be led through an orientation or onboarding presentation, particularly if they will be representing your organization to donors and the public.
i. Train volunteers for the actual tasks they will be performing
ii. Another important step to set your volunteers up for success is to make sure they know who their supervisor is
iii. Try to assign volunteers to different tasks based on their distinct skill sets and interests.
iv. After covering general event information, divide your volunteers by role and offer specific trainings for each one. Everyone should know what to do before, during, and after your event. Taking care of these details will minimize confusion and boost your staff’s confidence.
i. Your mission statement
ii. Why you exist
iii. The purpose of this event as it relates to your mission
iv. How registration fees and sponsorships from this event will be used
i. Cover possible inquiries about parking, restrooms, check-in, food allergies, seating, the venue, and other matters.
ii. Train volunteers on how to handle any difficult or unexpected situations that might occur. For example, what happens when a pre-registered guest’s name does not appear on the guest list? Everyone benefits when your staff and volunteers feel ready and capable.
iii. Most importantly, make sure your volunteers know whom to contact for any other questions, concerns, or emergencies. They should be able to easily get in touch with a staff member.
i. Thanking volunteers is one of the most important parts to volunteering. It directly impacts the volunteer experience, and can it can sway whether your member will volunteer again. Strengthen their commitment to your chapter by expressing genuine thanks through a letter, special appreciation event, or in person. This will help build long-lasting relationships and increase their likelihood of volunteering again.
ii. To demonstrate that you value their opinions, send them a follow-up survey to find out what they enjoyed, whether they felt prepared to do their jobs, and how you can improve their experience in the future.
iii. At the end of the day, it will help you retain valuable volunteer talent.
Here are just a few ideas on how to thank your volunteers
Free 1-hour webinar: Chapter Chat: How a CRP Helped Turn Around a 15-Year Membership Decline
IV. Logistics on Running a Chapter
VI. Marketing & Sponsorships
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