What Volunteers Need by ert554898


									         What Volunteers Need

 Volunteer Recruitment Task Force
Ken Gentili and Paul Biba, Co-chairs
     Sources of information
 The CMA task force talked to section
  leaders, brainstormed as a group,
  consulted literature on the subject of
 Many of the following points were
  adapted from the book. “Volunteers -
  How to Get Them, How to Keep
  Them” by Helen Little.
    Basic Needs of Volunteers
   A specific, manageable task with a
    beginning and an end.
   A task that matches interests and
    reasons for volunteering.
   A good reason for doing the task.
   Written instructions.
   A reasonable deadline for completing
    the task.
    Basic Needs of Volunteers
   Freedom to complete the task when and
    where it is most convenient for the
   Everything necessary to complete the
    task without interruption.
   Adequate training.
   A safe, comfortable, and friendly
    working environment.
    Basic Needs of Volunteers
   Follow-up to see that the task is
   An opportunity to provide feedback
    when the task is finished.
   Appreciation, recognition and rewards
    that match the reasons for volunteering.
   Value added to encourage employer to
    support volunteer efforts.
How can we fill these needs?
   Design a recruitment kit for section
    leaders to show them how to recruit,
    motivate and mentor new volunteers.

   Create exercises for section leaders to
    show them how to recruit. People learn
    more by doing than by reading.
 How can we fill these needs?
 Make sure that materials for volunteers
  are available on the web so that they can
  access them when they need them, 24/7.
 Section work should be done in teams
  when possible. Teaming is an effective
  way to complete tasks, and most people
  enjoy teams over solitary assignments.
How can we fill these needs?
   Encouraging section leaders to try different
    methods to encourage section members to come
    up with ideas on how to complete projects – or
    tackle any problems.
    Methods may include Ringii process, panel
    method, story boards, electronic brainstorming
    and bulletin boards, Crawford slip writing,
    Gallery method, Delphi method, TRIZ, mind
    mapping, integrated problem solving, collective
    notebooks, morphological creativity or
    synectics. Training may be needed in some of
    these methods.
How can we fill these needs?
   Volunteers should be encouraged to
    recruit in their workplaces for new
    members and new volunteers.

   Roles and summaries of all section offices
    should be available on the web.
    What can we, as leaders, do
 Tasks need to be evaluated as to their
  adherence to the mission and vision of
  ASME and according to the usefulness to
  the member.
 Better methods of feedback to each unit
  and individual volunteer and more
  appreciation of volunteer efforts need to
  be devised.
    What can we, as leaders, do
 The message that volunteering creates value for
  the company and for an individual should be
  communicated better to industry.
 By adequately training their volunteers, ASME
  helps industry by providing leadership and
  project management training that many
  companies no longer provide.

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