Volunteers fill major roles in non-profits across the region.
Mary Foley, Volunteer Prince William’s executive director, provided suggestions for how organizations can locate and retain them.
Foley discussed the topic at a Not-For-Profit Council on November 1.
Read about how volunteering benefits the community.
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting at its headquarters in Manassas.
Volunteer Prince William is a non-profit in Manassas that matches individuals interested in serving the community with agencies that need a helping hand.
Leaders of an organization, Foley explained, should screen and interview prospective assistants.
“The most important thing is that if it’s not a right fit, it’s not a right fit,” she said. “So, if they have a skill set that you can’t use, refer back to Volunteer Prince William. Let’s see if we can find them a job.”
Volunteers who take any unsuitable actions should be fired immediately.
“Don’t think anything of it, because you wouldn’t think twice about it if it was a paid staff member who did something inappropriate,” Foley said.
They should be evaluated and recognized, as well.
Each year, Volunteer Prince William hosts a recognition lunch.
“The nice thing about this event is that folks see all of the other volunteer movement in the community,” Foley said. “So, they have an affinity to you, and you’re not going to lose them. Someone else is not going to steal them that day. But what they see is what an incredible community that we live in.”
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