Many organizations don’t have a process in place to welcome, orient or effectively manage volunteers.
Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) April 25, 2014
Toronto-based software company, Wild Apricot has launched two new resources to help non-profits and membership organizations develop a process for welcoming and orienting new volunteers.
Membership organizations, non-profits and clubs rely on volunteers to help them meet their mission. In fact, the “Volunteering and Civic Life in America” research report suggests that in the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 64.5 million volunteers.
As Dmitry Buterin, Chief Apricot at Wild Apricot notes,
"We know that volunteers are an essential resource for membership organizations and non-profits, so making an effort to get these individuals off to a good start is critical. However, many organizations don’t have a process in place to welcome, orient or effectively manage these volunteers."
Two new resources from Wild Apricot were created to help with volunteer onboarding:
1. Starting Volunteers Off Right is an article that outlines the 5 critical steps to consider in developing a process to welcome new volunteers. These include:
- Develop a plan
- Make new volunteers feel welcome
- Go beyond an orientation – demonstrate how volunteer efforts will make a difference
- Offer training that motivates and engages volunteers
- Say thank you and recognize their efforts
This brief checklist is designed to help organizations develop a process for welcoming and orienting new volunteers or to review existing procedures to ensure volunteers get off to a good start.
Wild Apricot hopes these two resources help membership groups and non-profits in welcoming the millions of volunteers that help them meet their missions each year.
About Wild Apricot:
Wild Apricot offers cloud software to help small associations, non-profits and clubs build websites, connect with supporters, grow and manage their membership, and more. The company’s software is recognized as number one on Capterra’s Top 20 Most Popular Software Solutions.
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