(Closed) What would entice you to volunteer? Need your input.

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
4162 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I actually think your list is pretty great already.  Even though I love to volunteer, and don’t need any compensation for it, it’s great that you can give your volunteers a free ticket (including dinner a a drink?!) to the event…that’s a huge bonus to me, and I hope the potential volunteers see it as a reason to as well.

I used to work for a large non-profit org as the volunteer coordinator and some other things we used to do were give the volunteers swag.  People love swag lol.  I totally understand that not all organizations/groups can offer this though.  Do you know anyone who could donate something (a gift card for a service, a nice gift basket, etc.) and have a draw for any volunteers who help out?

Post # 3
2707 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Rue7514:  when I was a student, the free dinners (and alcohol) would have done it for me!

Post # 4
1757 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

In my experience, personalizing the topic and showing how their impact will be used are both motivators.  Personalizing it could be something like saying “you’ve had the opportunity to grow and develop in the XXXXXX program.  Help give other students the opportunity!” or something like that.  Bonus if it’s specific to the students’ college/program/extracurricular activities/etc. 

Impact could be showing pictures, stories, and quotes from those who have recieved the scholarship in the past and how much the scholarship changed their lives.  

Post # 5
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

Rue7514:  I agree…the free food would have been enough for me! Although, I might refrain from using the word “solicit” due to its often negative association, but that’s just a personal thing!

Post # 6
1920 posts
Buzzing bee

 If you want people to volunteer you need to ask the frats/sororities (they need community service hours) or freshmen thirsty for new experiences (they’re also easy to bribe, try movie tickets).

I was asked to volunteer again and again throughout my college years and now I will never volunteer for anything ever again! Every time I was used and exploited, free labor then just thrown away.

Post # 7
1522 posts
Bumble bee

Wow you are offering so much already! I volunteer with children because I love it, and I used to have to PAY to do it! As a student the free food would have been a huge bonus.

I think maybe the problem isnt so much enticing students to get involved but the awareness of the volunteer positions? In the UK we have Student Unions like big buildings with shops for students, bars, clubs and societies. If you have anything similar you could advertise it there, posters, people stood handing out flyers (most get thrown away but some will be kept). In general you could just hand out flyers on campus. Have someone visit halls, and the sororities and fraternities if there are any- members there should be interested as they are already quite philanthropic. 

Agree with PP as well, instead of ‘solicit’ say ‘discuss giving’ it just sounds much friendlier. 

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