Sheri Wilensky Burke, Sheri Wilensky Burke Consulting LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Do you view volunteers mainly as unpaid staff assistants who help you stretch your budget? Don’t limit your strategic planning! The right volunteers, recruited for creative projects, can be collaborators in building your arts organization. In this session we’ll examine the power of volunteers to expand your knowledge base, reach out to new communities, experiment with new services (even before you write a grant), become effective ambassadors and more. First see the possibilities. Then plan accordingly.
You don’t need an avalanche of inquiries from just anyone responding to a “Please help us!” call for volunteers. What you want is to find the best applicants: prospective volunteers who fill the qualifications for the positions you are offering. This means carrying out specific steps, in the right sequence, to spread the word and entice participation from all parts of the community (men/women, young/old, whatever demographics you want). Come learn the secrets of volunteer recruitment.
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