Volunteers and Interns

Basics

FINDING AND KEEPING VOLUNTEERS

VolunteerMatch is the nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States. Volunteers enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch web site to quickly find local volunteer opportunities matching individual interests and schedules.

These two GuideStar articles examine the reasons volunteers do what work for you--or not:

Why do volunteers stay?

Why do volunteers leave?
 

BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Volunteers are free labor, but not labor free. Creating a volunteer program that works for the volunteer and adds value to the organization is a challenge, but one that can have a high return on investment. Effective volunteer programs are distinguished by specific features: They are well planned, they consider the individual and they are based on a culture of reward and recognition.

Resources:

Successful Volunteer Programs (Power Point presentation) presented by Janet Cohen at River Rally 2009 (Baltimore, MD)

National Park Service (RTCA) Community Toolbox: Volunteers
Enthusiastic volunteers are essential to the efficient functioning of non-profits and community organizations, as they help groups accomplish more. This resource outlines the basic steps to identifying, recruiting, coordinating, and recognizing volunteers.

Institute for Conservation Leadership's Volunteerism 2.0
It’s time to rethink volunteerism.  Shifts in the nonprofit world, economy, and across generations are rapidly changing the ways we recruit and engage volunteers.  ICL’s “Volunteerism 2.0” report shares what’s “now” and what’s next—highlighting five green organizations that are thinking creatively and strategically about volunteer roles.

Bringing People Up in Your Organization
Today's volunteer can be tomorrow's leader.

Updated Resources