The value and importance of volunteers is something that is rarely forgotten by many nonprofits. People who believe in your cause enough to devote their time, and effort into helping spread awareness and assist in reaching your goals are hard to come by. So when they do come strolling in ready and willing to help, how can you ensure they'll come around again? Perhaps for next years fundraiser or that community event? It's no secret that keeping your volunteers engaged is key to fostering a passionate and hopeful culture that will keep them coming back.
First things first, you're going to want to make sure your volunteer is prepared for their role. Make sure to properly train them in order to make them more confident in the task at hand and ultimately in your organization. Throughout the duration of their time volunteering, it is important that they are well - communicated with and supervised. Being clear and organized is going to make for a very rewarding volunteer experience that can give each volunteer a brief look into the way your organization runs which if done correctly can boost their faith in you.
You're also going to want to make sure that whatever software you utilize to communicate with and manage volunteers is easy to understand and access. A smooth communication software will make it easy for them to voice concerns, and afterwards you can send them a thank you e-mail to personally thank them for all of their hard work.
But before their journey ends it is important to collect as much feedback as possible from your volunteers. Making sure you have a reliable and well-planned out form to provide them with is key. This feedback can help you to tailor and fine tune your volunteer engagement strategy as much as possible. Growing in your volunteer strategy will only help you to bring in more volunteers and retarget returning ones.
Lastly, community outreach can also be a great factor in obtaining volunteers. Many community based organizations are often looking for ways to give back. Being able to spread awareness through community organizations will not only help you gain volunteers in the short term but it will help the community better grasp your organizations mission on a larger scale than if just one or two people volunteered.