Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Support the Volunteers You Have!

I've been talking about The Best, Easiest and Most Fun Way to Recruit by keeping the volunteers you have and being sure you Take the Time - and Make the Time - to Know Your Volunteers! Today I want to focus on supporting your volunteers. 

It can be so easy to be so caught up in trying to be sure you have your "bases covered" by having enough volunteers, that you do not think you even have time to focus on supporting the volunteers you have. But, if you do not provide the support volunteers need, you will probably find you are always recruiting because you will not be able to keep the volunteers you have. Consider the following -
  • When you get a new volunteer, be sure they are trained before they begin to serve. If you put volunteers in classrooms before they are trained, they are likely to feel overwhelmed and frustrated and it will be easier for them to quit.
  • Be sure they are familiar with the curriculum and have had an opportunity to have you answer any questions they may have.
  • Be sure you have a prayer-partner for each volunteer - introduce them and encourage them to keep in touch.
  • Absolutely be sure you spend time on your discipline policy before a volunteer is serving in a classroom.
  • Let them know where they will find supplies or what your policy is for buying/reimbursing volunteers for classroom supplies they need.
  • Let them know how to best connect with you if they have questions they need answers to.
These are just a few of the ways you can provide support for your volunteers. If you are going to keep the volunteers you have, you have to be sure to provide support. What is on the top of your list for supporting the volunteers you have?

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