I’ve been in the volunteer engagement business for a long time. And, the one question that I’m most often asked is, “How do we get more volunteers and members?”
You don’t have to search too far to find volunteer management models and program audits. Engaging in these processes is essential for creating a robust volunteer program that can build capacity and set you on the road to success. Most experts will tell you to align your program with the organization’s mission and vision statement. Others will encourage you to create a volunteer or member engagement philosophy statement.
And, I would add one more step—set your intention. In other words, create a vision, direct your mind and aim for success!
When you pay attention to problems, you amplify them. You get more problems! Instead of saying, we don’t have enough volunteers or members; focus on what’s going well. Take an inventory of what’s already working.