Alumni volunteers are a valuable asset to any organization. They bring their passion, skills, and knowledge to support their alma mater and the wider community.
However, volunteering can be time-consuming and demanding, leading to burnout and disengagement. If you want to keep your volunteers around, it’s important you minimize that burnout while still ensuring they’re engaged and having fun.
Here are some tips to help you accomplish this!
Define Clear Roles and Expectations
Before volunteers begin their work, it is important to define clear roles and expectations. Volunteers should have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, including their responsibilities, time commitment, and expected outcomes. This can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure that volunteers are engaged in meaningful work that aligns with their interests and skills.
Provide Training and Support
Your alumni volunteers probably will not have the same expertise or knowledge as people on staff, so make sure you give them the proper training and support. This will set them up for success while preventing some stress that might occur if they do not know how to do their tasks. Continuing providing this ongoing support also helps volunteers feel valued and reduces stress and possible burnout.
Recognize and Appreciate Volunteers
Volunteers know they’re not going to be paid, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a little recognition! Even small forms of recognition can go a long way in keeping volunteers happy and motivated. Be sure to acknowledge the time and effort they put in.
Offer Flexibility and Variety
Volunteering should never feel like a burden. Give flexibility in scheduling, and vary up the tasks so that they don’t burn out on doing the same thing over and over. Give some control in these regards to your volunteers as well so they have some agency over the work they’re doing.
Foster a Sense of Community
Volunteers are more likely to stay engaged when they feel connected to the organization and other volunteers. Creating a sense of community can include hosting social events, providing networking opportunities, or offering opportunities to connect with staff and other volunteers. Fostering a sense of community can also help volunteers feel more invested in the organization and its mission.
For more tips and information about steps you can take to keep your alumni engaged and happy in their volunteer work, contact us at Alumni Nations!
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