5 Tips To Make Volunteer Recruiting Easier

by Katie Grayson | Nov 23, 2016

Recruiting volunteers is a constant must for non-profits, but don’t let it be a daunting task. Follow these 5 tips to recruiting volunteers for your non-profit.

Simply Ask. People like being asked to help or volunteer and utilize their skill set. Try to approach asking people to volunteer in an individualized way. This especially key if you have specific skills you’re looking for in a volunteer.  People love to feel needed and wanted—this approach does just that.

Get Social. Posting volunteer opportunities and photos of volunteers is a great way to spread the word that you’re searching for volunteers. Even if you have a small span, your friends and followers will help cast a wider net and increase the chances of finding volunteers.

Make It A Team Thing. People love working together and getting together with their friends. Allow small and large groups to sign up for the same time slots. Encouraging people to bring a friend is a quick and easy way to additional volunteer slots filled.

Make It Easy. Posting on social media is a great way to spread awareness, but make sure you have an easy way for people to sign up to volunteer. SignUp Genius offers a $9.99/month plan you can utilize to make signing up easy. It lets you set up time slots for a variety of areas and times, so people can simply sign up online.

Create Lifetime Advocates. Establish a relationship with past volunteers and cultivate them to be lifetime advocates and volunteers. Make sure they know how valuable they are and that they are appreciated. Empowering volunteers to use their skill set combined with offering a rewarding experience will help you create lifetime advocates who end up being your first line of help in future recruiting.