Non Profit Volunteers

Written by Linda Alexander
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The number of non profit volunteers in the U.S. had been growing since the mid 1990s. The attacks on September 11, 2001, caused a surge in the number of volunteers that stepped forward to help. Today, organizations are getting better and better at managing their volunteers, channeling them to the right places, matching volunteers with satisfying jobs that need to be filled.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that because non profit volunteers do not get paid, that they come for free. If you are thinking of launching a volunteer program, realize volunteers give their time, but there are expenses that come with them. It costs money to manage, budget, and train volunteers.

Job Descriptions for Non Profit Volunteers

It's also important to write thorough job descriptions, just like you would with a regular, paid position. That way, both you and your volunteers know what is expected of them. You must also recognize them and let them know they are appreciated. Volunteers who see results are likely to continue volunteering, and benefits you in several ways.

Highly success full organizations handle their non profit volunteers well. They spend a lot of money to treat their volunteers well, recognizing them and thanking them for their hard work and dedication. When volunteers feel like they are providing value, they are satisfied, and continue to volunteer. They get discouraged when they become frustrated form lack of results or disorganization. So if you run a volunteer program, stay organized, and keep the lines of communication open between you and your volunteers.


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