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Join us for Amy's story and tips to get the most of your volunteers, even those with low experience. Amy is a problem solver and master process maker. What she's best at making things work better. She runs two Facebook groups (@schoolfundraisingpro and @myparentingguru), is mom to 5 kiddos and heads up fundraising for their school. And right now, Amy is captaining a successful fundraising campaign with just 3 volunteers - how does she do it?

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Monica Maye Pitts
Monica Maye Pitts Chief Creative Officer

5 Tips for Volunteer Management with Guest Amy Choi-Won

Join us for Amy’s story and tips to get the most of your volunteers, even those with low experience.

Amy is a problem solver and master process maker. What she’s best at making things work better.

She runs two Facebook groups (@schoolfundraisingpro and @myparentingguru), is mom to 5 kiddos and heads up fundraising for their school. And right now, Amy is captaining a successful fundraising campaign with just 3 volunteers – how does she do it?

Volunteer Management Cliff Notes from Amy:

  1. Take Inventory
    Get to know your volunteers. Find out, first of all, why they want to volunteer and get a realistic picture of how much they can contribute. Discover their talents, what kind of experience they have, also, what kind of network they may have.
  2. Provide training in small doses
    Invest some time to train them in to remove some of the obstacles they may have, especially when it comes down to tech issues, you know, kind of show them step wise instructions, or do a video tutorial to kind of help them overcome that little obstacle.
  3. Provide templates and cheat sheets
    If you have cheat sheets or templates, please use them. They make it easier for volunteers to do their jobs successfully with less stress and improve the overall outcomes of their efforts.
  4. Don’t abdicate responsibility
    Once you delegate a task to the volunteer, be around and consider scheduling a follow up session. Then you can check in and provide the resources that they may need to excel at their task. It helps to show them what the final product should kind of look like so that they have an idea where they’re where they’re working toward. Don’t micromanage, that’s one of the things that will turn off the volunteer. Just kind of be there as a guidance, to make sure that they can seek help if they need it.
  5. Manage their workload
    Sometimes people may think that they have 24 hours to give it to you, you know, that’s not realistic. So you know, just kind of sit down and find out what other obligations they have. Some volunteers can be very excited at first but don’t let them go overboard and do not overwhelm them. Make things as manageable as possible for them. Because a volunteer is just a volunteer.  As soon as things get overwhelming they’ll be likely to quit, afterall their livelihood doesn’t depend on their volunteer service. Make sure you talk to them, check in and give them enough to feel their contributing but not so much they feel overloaded. 

 Bonus! Great places to find volunteers!

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