Working with Volunteers – 25 Ideas for Good Practice (2012)

This guide offers quick tips for making volunteer work a positive experience for both the organization and the volunteer.

The tips are organized by topic, with sections that deal with planning, recruiting, selecting, training, supervision, evaluation, recognition, and retention. Each idea contains basic information, input from voices in the field, and resources for further information.

For example, under the topic of recruiting, one tip encourages organizers to familiarize themselves with what motivates volunteers. That tip includes advice from a veteran volunteer organizer, who notes that in retrospect, it would have been a good idea to take more time to observe, interact with, ask more questions, and get more input from potential volunteers. As well, the tip includes a list of books and websites that offer more information about what motivates some people to volunteer, and what prevents others from doing so.

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