Finding and Keeping Volunteers
Why people volunteer
- Stay connected to Radford University
- People become involved most often because they were asked to volunteer
- Because they feel needed, and have a sense of fulfillment
- To gain experience that might help in a job search
- They like to meet new people and get networking opportunities
Tips for recruiting new volunteers
- Ask! People are more willing to volunteer if they are personally asked by someone else who is involved.
- Keep an ongoing file of possible chapter volunteers and add to it by soliciting new names from local alumni.
- Announce that new volunteers are needed on Facebook posts, e-mail, at events or if you meet an alum of the university.
- Contact past event attendees.
- Assign each chapter team volunteer the task of recruiting at least one – two new volunteers each year.
- Always provide alumni contact information in case someone wants to get in touch with you about volunteering options.
- Remind potential alumni volunteers of the many benefits of volunteering.
- People work for people, not things. Always recruit volunteers on the basis of service to RU, the association and the chapter.
Benefits of volunteering
- Meet alumni in your area and develop lasting friendships and valuable contacts.
- Get valuable training opportunities by attending the annual Chapter Training Orientation on the campus of your alma mater.
- Get satisfaction from giving back and making a real difference.
- Ideal opportunity to gain information and exposure to alumni with different jobs in varying fields.
- Although you're not paid, it qualifies as work experience.
- Have lots of fun!
How to find volunteers
- Review the roster given to you by Alumni Relations and make phone calls.
- At chapter events, mingle and talk with alumni.
- Look to non-alumni (friends of Radford University) and parents of current students as potential volunteers.