Training of Volunteers
Initial orientation and training prepare volunteers to perform their duties efficiently and effectively. By seeing how their tasks forward the mission of the organization, volunteers will find meaning in tasks that otherwise might seem menial. In addition, treating volunteers as part of your organization’s staff helps individuals feel that they are part of a team, fosters commitment and retention, and improves the quality of their work and the services your organization provides. Also keep in mind that volunteers represent your agency to the public. The more they know and understand about the nature of your operations and your cause, the more they can contribute to public relations, marketing, and advocacy. Thus, orientation serves multiple purposes. For an effective orientation, you will need to determine who will conduct the orientation, when it will take place, and what materials will be needed.