The longer that a volunteer is with your organization, the more effective and dedicated they become. We have compiled a list of our top 5 tips for keeping your volunteer turnover as low as possible and inspiring your volunteers to stay with your organization for the long run.
- Engage your Volunteers Frequently
Engagement will keep your volunteers committed to your organization and passionate about their service. One of the best things you can do as a coordinator is to reach out to see how your individual volunteers are doing and ensure that they know all the opportunities available to get involved.
- Express Gratitude
A simple thank you can go such a long way. Make sure that your volunteers know that they are appreciated and that they are making a difference; this does wonders to prevent volunteer burnout.
- Take Training Seriously
Volunteers don’t want to give their time if they feel unprepared and ineffective. Provide a training process that ensures that they are equipped and have a strong purpose. Try to keep this process as hands-on as possible instead of loading them up with too many reading materials and spreadsheets.
- Communicate Clearly
Your volunteers should never be confused about when and where they need to show up; take the guessing and double-checking out of the equation for them by providing multiple text or email reminders of their next shift and role. VolunteerReminder makes this simple, automatic, and friendly so that you don’t have to put even more on your plate as the coordinator.
- Set goals for your Volunteer Program
This is a great way to provide your volunteers with a purpose and to help them see the difference that they are making. It will motivate your volunteers and help them all to align their priorities.
- Build Community Among your Volunteers
Plan group bonding activities so that all your volunteers can get to know each other. A united team will communicate better together and in turn work better together.