Effective Practices in Volunteer Recruitment

Posted by on July 21, 2008


This time around we focus on recruitment strategies and tools.

Involving youth in community-based service-learning
ImPACT, a service-learning program in Ithaca, New York, engaged youth in service-learning by giving them “voice and choice,” in each stage of the service-learning project: recruitment, group building, community research, selection and implementation of project, and evaluation and celebration.

Choosing appropriate outreach techniques for different generations
Keep in mind that each population of potential volunteers is unique in its approach to volunteering. This effective practice shares program alignment activities and outreach ideas for youth, Generation X., baby boomers, and post-career individuals.

Building a recruitment plan
Recruitment is a continuous activity for national service programs, and following a recruitment plan can utilize time and resources in the most efficient way.

Considering the types of volunteers available to your program
Selecting the right volunteer to correspond with program goals requires an understanding of project needs as well as an awareness of the diverse trends in volunteering.

Using a project calendar to assist with recruiting and scheduling volunteers
A project calendar is a succinct listing of available volunteer opportunities and other information about your program or projects, and is an excellent way to inform volunteers about upcoming service events, recruit new volunteers, and engage new project sponsors.

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