Business 101 asks three questions:
1. Who are my customers?
2. What do they want?
3. How can I get it to them?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any KidMin program. I can survive without money, but I cannot survive without volunteers.
We need ask the question, “What do volunteers want?”
Here is a list of five things that all volunteers want. If we do these well, we will never lack for volunteers.
1. Volunteers want you to be prepared for them.
As the leader your job is to equip your volunteers so they can focus on the kids. Don’t just throw them to the wolves. Especially make sure your new recruits have someone to mentor him or her.
2. Volunteers want you to respect their time.
Start and end your meetings on time. Everyone’s time is valuable and if you treat it as such, it goes a long way.
3. Volunteers want to be appreciated.
Give a heartfelt Thank You to your volunteers, often. Don’t just say thanks. Be thankful and be specific.
4. Volunteers want to hear you and be heard.
Regular communication is motivating for volunteers, while the lack of it is one of the chief reasons volunteers become dissatisfied. Likewise it is incredibly motivating to a volunteer when you use one of their ideas.
5. Volunteers want to be connected.
Everyone is looking for that place “Where everyone knows their name.” Make your team – that place where everyone wants to be.
Here is a link to the Volunteer Training Program that we developed. Feel free to borrow any or all of it.
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