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Nancy Schwartz on September 13, 2010 in
Thanks for the basic overview, but this stuff needs to be spelled out more extensively. It’s great stuff on the nuts and bolts of something that’s foundational to the non-profit world. Pleae, give us more. Thanks.
Jeff, more depth is on its way on the topic of volunteer communications!
Colleen Farrell, senior director of marketing and communications at New York Cares, will be a regular guest blogger beginning this month. Please let me know the topics you’d like to see covered by commenting below.
This is good advice; thanks for the article. Since you asked, I’d love to hear more about what actually has a potential volunteer turn into an actual volunteer. What kind of information makes a difference for folks such that they sign up to do the volunteer job after merely considering it? For example, does talking about the satisfaction of seeing a student’s face light up when he is getting tutored do it? Or is it hearing that all the volunteer has to do is show up for one hour every week? Or is the promise of a training session enough to relieve their mind of wondering whether they will be given the proper tools to be a good volunteer? When you are dealing with busy people who are being asked to take time from focusing on themselves to focusing on helping others, we need all the tools — psychological and otherwise — we can get! Thanks for the discussion!
Great (and vital) questions, Treat. I’ll pass them on to our new resident expert.
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