Manage the trend toward short-term volunteering
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In this focused, on-demand course, you will learn how to directly address the trend toward episodic volunteering preferences, how to make these engagements productive, and how to keep short-term volunteers coming back deeper assignments and longer-term commitment.

In this lesson, you will learn how to ...

  • The top five challenges for leaders of volunteers – you’re not alone! 
  • Research-based stages of volunteer involvement 
  • Our Culture of Commitment Formula 

Download: Balancing Episodic & Long-term Volunteers Slides 

In this lesson, you will learn how to ...

  • The six fundamental questions you ask to inform role design 
  • The Dream Team Design Process 
  • How to diversify and expand roles across your agency 

Download: Volunteer Dream Team Design Process Cheat Sheet 

In this lesson, you will learn how to ...

  • How to break down roles & tasks into doable chunks 
  • Six time-saving automations to make volunteer tasks easier 
  • How to use a 6-month rotation to reduce the perception of burden 

Download: Program Needs Assessment Workbook

In this lesson, you will learn how to ...

  • Four kinds of micro-volunteering projects 
  • How to prepare to engage short-term volunteers 
  • How to ensure greater volunteer follow-through  

Download: Day of Service Action Plan Worksheet 

In this lesson, you will learn how to ...

  • How to quickly separate “need to know” information 
  • How to use flipped learning to reduce training time 
  • How to use job aids to extend learning outside the classroom 

Downloads: Volunteer Training Tasks & Priorities Spreadsheet, Blended Learning Design Workbook 

In this lesson, you will learn how to ...

  • Simple ways you can boost volunteer satisfaction 
  • What really motivates volunteers to keep coming back 
  • How to gather powerful endorsements from volunteers

Download: Cheat Sheet for Better Volunteer Testimonials 


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