How to Involve Families as VolunteersBy Heather Jack
National Family Volunteer Day (Nov. 17th) marks the start of the holiday season when people are particularly inclined to give back. Developing a Family Volunteer Day activity will not only give agencies access to a strong, reliable volunteer base, but also will develop new fundraising prospects who may support additional programs and services year-round. Visible family volunteering day activities will also give you the chance to showcase some of the great work your organization does.
The following is a four-step guide that will help you develop a successful family volunteering day activity.
STEP 1: Planning
When planning a family volunteer project, think about the needs of your organization and those of the people you serve.
STEP 2: Orientation
On the day of the event, conducting an orientation for new family volunteers helps keep them comfortable and provides them information about the organizations purpose and structure. Consider including the following subjects for the orientation:
During the orientation of a family friendly volunteer day, its important to make it clear that parents are responsible for supervising and helping their own children.
STEP 3: Supervision
The most effective supervisory technique is to allow family members to focus on the same assignment, truly volunteering as a unit. Here are some tips for supervising family volunteers:
STEP 4: Recognition
At the close of a family volunteer day, recognizing the contributions of family volunteers is very important. It can provide visibility for your program and helps strengthen positive group identity among the families participating. Here are some ideas:
By using this guide and planning an activity for National Family Volunteer Day, youll be able to strengthen your volunteer base and develop new sources of funding. Sometimes working with family volunteers requires flexibility and a willingness to think outside the regular volunteer box. Give it a try this year #147; you will benefit in ways you never thought possible.
Heather Jack is the president of The Volunteer Family, which serves as a source of volunteer opportunities for families, schools, faith based organizations, and corporations. Call (508) 405-2220 or email email@example.com for more information about their upcoming Volunteer-a-thon.