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Q: Any suggestions on getting volunteers for events?

February 18, 2009 | By tracy a. | 3 answers | Expired: 2023 days ago

tracy a.

Im having trouble getting volunteers to attend events. Any suggestions?

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Poodlediva
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Feb 18, 2009

I agree with KittyCatz. We all do things for reasons, and often 'giving back' just isn't enough for some people. There needs to be an immediate recognition of their efforts. Name tags that list the number of hours they've given. Incentive prizes for attending more than one event. Maybe a Tshirt that only volunteers will be given? And most imporant thanks for their work- and a listing in any public info you distribute. Something along the lines of --
We could not do this without the loyal and wonderful services of.....

Best of luck!

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KittyCatz
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Feb 18, 2009

offer food/ contests/prizes, something to look forward too and fun.

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Denise E.
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Feb 25, 2009

Hello Tracy A.,

I think that you've already received some excellent advice. I have worked with many non-profits and here a just a few thoughts. Incentives are super and I have found that "rewards" for those who "give the most of themselves" are useful as long as you are careful that they do not seem small or insignicant. (Budgets are TIGHT, and every penny counts, we all know!) One group that I was a member of as our Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Panel, thus functioning in many ways to be an advocate of the community. Anyway...they implemented a point system whereby each of the standard, and on occasion, special events were assigned a value. The Ambassador with the most points at the end of the year is named "Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year". Highly appropriate regognition of this individual's gifts of time and service are provided. (Plaque, Media Announcements, etc. etc. and all are VERY meaningful to these volunteers and are very affordable.)

The other thought I have that has often worked for me is this. Clearly, as CEO/Executive Director you are working with the Board of Directors to identify and select "special events" with, I would certainly hope, clearly measurable outcome expections and WHY the initiative is important. I would often meet with my volunteer team and simply share in a high level way what info. I've just described and then just asked questions and kept my mouth shut! I found that the volunteers had exponentially more enthusiasm when they were empowered to be a part of the process. When they've helped create and improve the implementation plan, they are empowered and egaged. They were a "voice" and, thus, most are dead set to make the event a win!

That's it for now. I wish you the very best!

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