Create and Highlight Opportunities to Connect
The way we approach volunteering and volunteer recruitment at Venture 2 Impact is in large part impacted by my own personal experience being a volunteer and believing that feeling seen and known is one of our greatest needs and desires. And that we are better able to serve others when we are experiencing genuine connection.
When recruiting new volunteers, have you put yourself in their shoes and thought about how they might feel in a new setting where they don’t know anyone? How can you get your fellow staff and volunteers to remember what it is like to be new and equip them to welcome new volunteers into the fold? Perhaps you can ask a few longer-serving volunteers to serve as a buddy to new volunteers or intentionally pair a new volunteer to work alongside someone who you know will be intentional about connecting with them.
The need for connection was one of the bigger revelations that came from the pandemic. Make the most of this revelation by talking about the opportunity to connect when recruiting new volunteers and by intentionally building in opportunities to connect in your volunteer programming!