Tips for Developing Volunteers
(For both hotline call ins and presentations)
- Develop a relationship with your prospective volunteers. Take the time to talk to that individual and get to know them. Familiarize yourself with what their passions are. Take notes on everything you learn so that they can be added to the volunteer files.
- Where they spend their time and money is a good indication of what they like to do.
- Become a detective. There is more to a person than what you initially see.
- Check the sex offender registry to ensure the prospective volunteer is not on there.
- If the volunteer is not on the sex offender registry, add them to the database. If they are, hand their information to a supervisor. Your work on that volunteer is finished.
- Do your research on prospective organizations. Ask other coworkers what they think and if they have ideas on an organization. It’s a team effort.
- Call the organization to see what their guidelines are and inform them of the possibility of that particular volunteer going in.
- Call the volunteer to let them know what organization you have found for them. Give them all the necessary information, include the fact that the organization knows they are coming or that the organization is expecting their call. Let them know you will be in contact with them again within the next couple of days to see how everything is going. Enter all data developed in either the person’s record or the organization’s. If the volunteer is with UNM, make sure to use the email template. Refer to “UNM Volunteer Procedures for Emails”.
- Follow up with the organization within a couple of days to see if the volunteer showed up and how things are going.
- Follow up with the volunteer two weeks after placement to see how they feel about the organization. If the organization is not a good fit, you should have another one on your list you can set the volunteer up with if the volunteer would like to try another location.
- Document why the organization is or is not a good fit for this particular volunteer in the volunteer record.
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