Volunteers Needed – How to move them from “maybe” to “yes”

When you’re recruiting volunteers, you’ll often find people who are interested in hearing more, but not quite ready to commit to volunteering. So how do you move them to the next step? This post addresses the issue of Volunteers Needed – how to move potential volunteers from “maybe” to “yes”.

Organizational meetings are great ways for you to bring people into the fold without giving them the hard volunteer ask first. You want potential volunteers/supporters to feel connected with the campaign, and these meetings are a great way to do just that. Here are some important things to note:

  • Have attendees share their story at the beginning of the meeting. This will show on a personal level why each volunteer is motivated to elect to participate in your campaign.
  • Share the big picture. Volunteers love to get insider information, so let them see a bigger picture of the work that they are doing and what we need to accomplish. (But don’t go too far! Share only information that is appropriate to share.)
  • Make the need clear. At the start of the meeting, set clear goals for what needs to be done in their community.
  • Next steps. Remember, these meetings are a tool to recruit volunteers for your campaign. You want to have clear next steps and asks for all volunteers. Be sure to have an activity planned, so you can invite attendees to volunteer at a specific event, and get a real commitment.
  • Follow-up. Call everyone who attended, and get them to commit to a volunteer activity.

Organizational meetings can help move someone who’s on the fence into the active volunteers’ category, and help you build a network to win your campaign! The American Dream, if still alive, is not only about money, but also about social engagement and doing good!

Make the first move

There are a few practices I’ve picked up over the years for how to cultivate relationships with professional acquaintances. I believe that every person, whether powerfully outgoing, radically shy, or somewhere in the middle, aspires to be in good standing with their colleagues, and wants to know the important movers and shakers in the field. Sometimes it’s just hard to break through and relate with each other, right? Well, one thing I’ve found important is this:

  • Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Maybe you’re trying to get to know a new coworker. Perhaps you need to build a relationship with a potential client, employer, orally. But if you don’t make the first move, you’ll usually miss out.
  • Open the conversation. Write an email. Attach a message with your friend request. Make (gasp) a phone call.
  • Make it social. There is absolutely no equivalent to meeting in person. Once you’ve introduced yourself, set up a friendly meeting. It’s amazing how many people are willing to sit down and connect over a cup of coffee. If you don’t care for coffee, have some tea or a glass of water instead. Hell, throw a lemon slice in that water. I’ll allow it.
  •  Keep it going. Once you’re past the first meeting, make sure you continue to engage the person!

Making the first move is a reliable way to develop a strong and long-lasting relationship with someone.

Another fact is that children raised in environments where giving back to other individuals and to society will turn out to be happy, well-adjusted adult persons. Generally, would like their children to turn into compassionate adults. Often, though, parents don’t have a clue where to begin. There is, however, a great suggestion. Parents may very well introduce their kids to the world of volunteering and develop a sense of social awareness in their children.

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