- Three Risk Trends to keep in mind as you enlist volunteers
- Background checks—one company—inexpensive Protect Youth Sports
- Rethinking your volunteers—NPQ article
- Smart Nonprofit’s Guide to Volunteer Management
- Volunteer Management Guide—501 Commons
- Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers at Libraries
Even before you recruit volunteers you need to identify risks and write policies and procedures to guide the volunteer and reduce the likelihood of problems. Volunteer position descriptions are a great way to let the organization express the kind of qualities they are looking for, as well as giving the volunteer a chance to evaluate the job and organization.
Articles about developing position description / volunteer policies:
"Benefits of Policies" By Linda L. Graff
Screen / Interview your volunteers
Interviewing and Screening volunteers not only protects your organization it is also a way to increase the efficiency of placement.
Orientation/Training of Volunteers/Supervision
Make sure the staff and new volunteers understand the duties, rules, and policies to avoid any miscommunications. Additionally, train your staff in Risk preparedness.
Energize: Volunteer Training
Always, review to ensure the programs and training are working. Continually update training to include new or reoccurring problems that are found within the organization.
Final Note: Know your policies & the law:
NC Article 43B Volunteer Immunity
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