Strategizing priorities when receiving volunteer requests ensures that volunteers are engaged in meaningful, mission critical work. (see Attention: The Volunteer Department Now Has Ground Rules ) By creating a weighted system around organizational priorities, volunteer services becomes focused on mission centric volunteer engagement. But there is one huge caveat that needs to accompany the priorities for volunteer requests. One very big one.
After strategizing mission centric volunteer engagement priorities, the areas that rise to the top are most likely:
- working directly with clients
- supporting the smooth day-to-day running of the organization
- supporting work with key stakeholders
These three areas are where organizations spend the vast majority of their time, resources and efforts and the areas where volunteers’ contributions create the biggest impact.
So, why a caveat in these three areas? What is missing?
It is the inclusion of the volunteer manager in the planning, creation and continued input into…
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