Developing volunteer assignments that are meaningful to the organization and attractive to prospective volunteers requires both planning and vision. It means analyzing what needs to be done (whether to assist staff or to provide a service directly to clients) and then creatively designing tasks doable in short bursts of time, by a variety of people with different skills. Expectations and qualifications for such volunteer positions need to be defined in writing.

 

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Creating Volunteer Roles – OverviewPlan where and how volunteers can be involved even before recruitment begins
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NCVO
A Matter Of Design: Job Design Theory And Application To The Voluntary SectorVolunteers, like paid staff, want to know what is expected of them and are likely to contribute more if they can see how their role fits into the larger picture. Job design helps identify the tasks volunteers can do to contribute to the organisation’s mandate. Using job design principles results in clear job descriptions, a motivated workforce and successful completion of tasks.
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Volunteer Canada
A Volunteer Needs A Good Reason for Doing the TaskIf work is not meaningful, do not ask volunteers to do it. Volunteers are more likely to complete tasks and on time when they know that others are counting on them.
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Helen Little
Re-Designing Volunteer Jobs That Are ‘Too Big’How to re-design (or design) a volunteer job
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Tobi Johnson and Associates
Let’s Help People Help Each OtherMicro-helping: how to get small tasks done on a recurring (e.g. weekly or monthly) basis
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Susan J. Ellis
Building the Successful Volunteer Teams in the Midst of Transition: How to Manage a Transition without Losing Your VolunteersHow to manage organisational change: change management with volunteers
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Thomas W. McKee
Implementing a Respite Care Program: A Practical “How to” Lesson on Launching a Pilot ProgramSo you have a big idea on how to engage volunteers. Will it work? Consider a pilot programme
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Kathryn Berry Carter