Get staff educated on volunteers and volunteering from the Get Go.
If you have paid staff at your organisation how are you educating them about volunteers and volunteering? Here’s one tip. If you have regular staff orientation sessions make sure volunteering is on the agenda. Do a little presentation or workshop on volunteers at your organisation. Don’t just rattle of what volunteers do. Spend time on how their work contributes to your organisation and its people or clients. Talk on how your organisation values your volunteers (because it should right?) and how they as staff members can contribute to the ongoing recognition of volunteers.
Are you presenting on volunteers at staff orientation? If the answer is no, now is the time to act. If your next question is “why” then here are a few of my reasons
· First impressions last. Staff get to see that volunteers are important enough to be part of the orientation program
· Staff understand roles and responsibilities of volunteers
· Volunteers are part of the team right?
· An opportunity to let people know about your role too!
Let me know how it goes and email me if you need any more info.