It is common practice for organizations to use volunteers to help with a wide variety of projects. By leveraging volunteers, we can create greater engagement with community members supportive of our work, as well as achieve more than doing everything ourselves. The time, energy, and resources that volunteers offer are critical to the success of most nonprofit groups, and the jobs done by volunteers are varied as the people who do them. After all, volunteers save organizations money, bring needed skills, bring renewed energy and excitement, and increase community ownership. Simply put, involving volunteers helps organizations accomplish their goals.
Volunteers can also drain resources if not focused and managed effectively. So, maybe you're not sold on the merits of volunteers, at least for your organization. "Volunteers are too much trouble," you might think; "they're not reliable; it takes too long to train them, and once you do, they just leave. Also, we're liable for their actions - that's a problem we just don't need right now. It's easier to do our work with paid staff."
In the upcoming webinar, "Are Your Volunteers Helping or Hurting Your Organizational Capacity," find out the answers to some of the pressing questions regarding volunteer management. Does my organization have the capacity to handle volunteers? Are volunteers something my organization really needs? What can my organization do differently to better manage its current volunteers?
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