Recruiting volunteers is an important part of an association. In fact, volunteers provide the day-to-day operations of the association, and without them the association could hardly exist, if at all. Therefore, it is important for every association to have enough volunteers. In this blog, we provide some tips for recruiting volunteers for your association.

Take advantage of online channels

More and more people are using online platforms.n. To reach as many people as possible, it is a good idea to use these online platforms.
First, social media is a great way to reach people who are interested in doing work for your association. Create an account for your association on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and post regular updates about your association. Also share stories from existing volunteers about why they enjoy volunteering for the association. This may inspire others to volunteer.

You can also use your own website. Post on your website a news release that you, as an association, are looking for volunteers. To disseminate this news release, using your own association app is the ideal solution. After all, with your own app, you have super many ways to communicate, such as posting news releases and sending push notifications.

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Organize open days

An open house is also a great way to show people your association and get them excited about volunteering. Here people can see how your association operates and how they can contribute. This also gives them a chance to ask questions and learn more about your association.

It is important that as many people as possible find out about the open house. Share this date with as many people as possible through social media platforms or write a news release for your website.

Tap into the network of members

Chances are that existing members of your association have a large network of people interested in your association. Ask them to reach out to their network and inform them of volunteer opportunities. Do this, for example, by sending a push notification via your association app that includes a sign-up sheet for those interested in becoming volunteers. After all, this is a great way to recruit new volunteers.

Use of local media

Local media such as newspapers, radio and television stations can be a good help in recruiting volunteers. Place a notice in the local newspaper or give an interview on local radio or television to raise awareness of the association and recruit volunteers.

Reward (current) volunteers

It is important to appreciate volunteers for their hard work. This can be a simple thank you, such as a card or gift, or something bigger, such as organizing an outing for all volunteers. This will encourage volunteers to sign up and continue working for the association.

Benefits volunteering

Volunteering can be a valuable addition to your resume, as it shows that you are proactive and have the drive to help and contribute to society. Also unpaid. Here are some ways volunteering can strengthen your resume:

1 Work experience

Volunteering can be a great way to gain work experience in a specific industry or role. This can help if, for example, you are just starting work, or considering a career switch.

2 Skills

Volunteering can give you the opportunity to develop skills relevant to your career. This could include organizational skills, communication skills or leadership skills. By demonstrating these skills on your resume, you make it clear that you are capable of applying them in a professional setting.

3 Involvement

Volunteering shows that you are involved in society and that you have the drive to help and contribute. This can be attractive to employers because it shows that you are a proactive and motivated employee.

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