Hands up for volunteer retention advice

April 20, 2013 by  

To address the ongoing problem that some non-profit organizations can experience in retaining volunteers, the latest All Hands on Deck workshop will look at the challenges and strategies of volunteerism.

This first part of this two-session workshop will take place at 10:00 am on Monday, April 22, at the Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA. Located 44 minutes from Ewing, it will be worth the drive to learn how to retain and motivate volunteers. The second part will follow at the same venue on May 13.

The seminar will be led by an expert on nonprofit volunteering; president of Energize, Inc. Susan J. Ellis. It will help leaders to assess their programs and make future plans. Homework will include completing a questionnaire on current volunteer practices. For many companies, the use of volunteers makes it possible for the company to exist.

The second session will assist with writing job descriptions for volunteers and creating application forms. It will also cover the concepts for creating a volunteer handbook. Such publications for volunteers are easily printed in quantities at any local printing company for distribution at non-profits and other organizations that utilize volunteer assistance.

One of the sponsors of the event is Sustaining Places, which is a resource project located in the department of Museum Studies at the University of Delaware and by the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places.

The workshop includes snacks and coffee, but guests should bring their own lunch. For more information call Prudence Haines, History Affiliates Program Director at (215) 732-6200 ext. 243.