Establishing a strong volunteer program benefits both organizations and volunteers.
Volunteers feel supported and help organizations build capacity. Your organization might have different types of volunteer projects – large ongoing projects and one on one opportunities. #StandWithImmigrants came up with a general list of things to keep in mind when working with your volunteer!
Training and Onboarding
Create a volunteer training manual
- Can help streamline onboarding process
- Provide clear guidelines for the position, such as time commitment and regular tasks
- Document to refer to during their time at work
- Make sure they have access to legal trainings and resources! We suggest your volunteer use #StandWithImmigrants
- Establish guidelines for working with clients, focusing on privacy and respect, and share best practices
"Best Practices for Volunteer Management," Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.
This one page guide outlines the process of recruiting, onboarding, and retaining a volunteer.
- Discuss with your volunteer what they hope to gain and what your organization hopes to gain
- Create and sign a volunteer agreement, to hold both the supervisor and volunteer accountable
Day to day work with the volunteer
- Schedule for the work and check-ins
- Guidelines on how work is finalized/reviewed/approved
Great Volunteer Management System by New York Cares and NYC Service