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Fill in the blanks if you’ve heard these questions/comment:
“Why don’t we have enough volunteers to __________?”
“How hard can it be to find people willing to ___________?”
“Have you tried targeted recruiting for ____________?”
“There must be lots of retired ____________ who would love to use their talents to help us.”
In response, you may try to “educate” the other person with all the knowledge you’ve accumulated over time and say something about motivations, or retention rates or even the fact that staff in one particular department never follows up with volunteers.
Or maybe you tell them that yes, there are volunteers who are being vetted and please can they wait while you spend a bit of time making sure you’re not turning ax murderers loose on our client base.
If organizations are still of the mindset that anyone who inquires about volunteering is…
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