With greater knowledge of rural volunteers and how they are managed, the next step is to build a no-frills volunteer management infrastructure. The tools in this section are a guide through the larger process of bringing volunteers into an organization and keeping them there—with the least amount of time, people, and money.
The staff or volunteers of rural organizations are already buried under the many details of holding events, conducting projects and raising money. As a result, key elements of volunteer management are often pushed to the end of an organization’s long to-do list. New volunteers are not informed of what they can do next or how they can become more involved, and consequently begin donating their time elsewhere. Participation of existing volunteers is often driven by deep devotion to the cause or the simple fact that if they don’t do something, there’s no one else who will.
In rural communities—where a small population also means a small volunteer pool—organizations cannot afford to lose volunteers as a result of poor management. Furthermore, our volunteer survey data shows that most rural volunteers were recruited by friends and family involved in the organization. If not managed properly, your organization is losing both an individual volunteer and the potential to recruit that individual’s friends and family.
Given this extra pressure for proper volunteer management, this section contains the tools needed to build a sustainable volunteer management infrastructure. It outlines a simple process that can be repeated for every event and task. It is focused specifically on volunteer management and does not include other elements such as event planning, outreach or fundraising. These tools serve as a guide through volunteer management from preparation and orientation to tracking and appreciation.
|Worksheet||Volunteer Management Inventory|
|Worksheet||Event-based Volunteer Management|
|Worksheet||Task-based Volunteer Management|
|Checklist||Volunteer Supply List|
|Worksheet||Volunteer Task Assignments|
|Template||Volunteer Information Sheet|
|Template||Volunteer Information Database|
|Template||Volunteer Release of Liability: Adult|
|Template||Volunteer Release of Liability: Youth|
|Worksheet||Volunteer Position Description|
|Template||Volunteer Evaluation Database|
|Worksheet||Volunteer Recognition Planning|