Category Archives: Retention

Developing a Volunteer Orientation Program

by Megan Welch Last week, I wrote about the importance of developing a volunteer orientation to enhance the experience of your volunteers and create well-rounded volunteer management program for your organization. This week, I will explore the steps towards creating … Continue reading

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Orienting Volunteers- Why Bother?

by Megan Welch I used to volunteer early on Wednesday mornings at a soup kitchen on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I loved the high energy, vibrant conversation and constant flow of coffee that kept everyone moving in the … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Tips for Working with Teens as Volunteers

by Erin McKelle Working with youth can be a challenging but rewarding experience. I myself am only 17 and have been involved in many different volunteering and activist projects, from working in a rape crisis center to leading a clothing … Continue reading

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Motivation As We Age

by Anne Schink Laura Carstensen of Stanford University has conducted research about emotional and psychological changes as people age. She looked at three key variables: social interactions, knowledge gains and information seeking, and future possibilities. If we connect those lessons … Continue reading

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More on Motivation: Cues from the Business Sector

by Anne Schink My past blog on volunteer motivation focused on the traditional understanding of what attracts and sustains volunteers. This blog expands on the work in a book entitled Drive by Daniel Pink. It’s a fascinating study of how … Continue reading

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Giving Volunteers Feedback That Makes a Difference

by Pete Kontakos and Jessica Edmondson Volunteers can be the lifeblood of any organization – especially many non-profit organizations. As such, retaining trained and experienced volunteers can be critical to the success of your organization. It only makes sense to … Continue reading

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Re-Thinking Volunteer Motivation

by Anne Schink At the recent Encore Leadership Summit I did a presentation on volunteer motivation: “What Lights Them Up and What Makes Them Glow.” Recently I read a new book called Drive by Daniel H. Pink that changed a … Continue reading

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Meaningful Involvement

by Anne Schink This final post using the framework of The Charismatic Organization focuses on meaningful involvement in the organization. If you have followed the principles of creating a charismatic organization, you will remember that building a strong organizational core … Continue reading

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VISTA: Fighting Poverty with Passion

by Monika Pardon When I mention that I am an AmeriCorps*VISTA and that I serve with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the usual response is “huh?” That is when I attempt to say what AmeriCorps is and what we … Continue reading

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Orientation is the First Step in Training Volunteers

by Jen Lobley Training and orientation are not one in the same. Yet in recent conversations with some of my colleagues, I have noticed that there seems to be a bit of confusion. This became very apparent to me when … Continue reading

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