Having supports in place for your volunteers is critical. The job description and upfront “fit” is important, but so is helping people adjust once they join the organization. Decide who within your agency is going to manage the volunteers, and make sure they are warmly welcomed.
Careful management will ensure you retain the volunteers you’ve recruited and utilize them to their potential. By ensuring your volunteers feel supported and guided, especially in the beginning, you can boost retention rates. Additionally, if your volunteers feel well cared for, they may recommend your group to their friends, generating an even larger volunteer pool from which you can recruit.