Which of the following will help you volunteer online?

Donations

Volunteering online is a great way to meet other like-minded individuals who want to help out with a project.

It is also a great opportunity to connect with people who may be interested in your own cause, or help others who may also be volunteering.

Here are a few tips to help you become more engaged online.

1.

Make your volunteer profile and bio online!

Make sure to use the right title, subject line, and a short description.

Don’t just post your profile here and ask questions about it.

This is important, because it can help the site determine which pages people will click on. 2.

Donate your time.

Most sites don’t offer the ability to donate to their cause, so you should make sure to donate your time as well.

If you are already volunteering, this will be a great place to add a little extra to your profile.

3.

Make a list of people who have volunteered before.

Make sure you know who your potential volunteers are, and which of your own projects they have volunteered for.

If possible, add the people you want to work with and add their contact information.

4.

Set up a volunteer page.

You can set up a page on the site, but make sure you set it up so that people who are already on the page can help you.

For example, if you are working with a child-care provider, add their phone number and email address.

If there is a local library, add your phone number.

If the library has a new computer, add a link to the site to let people who aren’t currently using it know that you are looking for someone to help with the computer.

5.

Set a “no-contact” policy.

If your page has a contact email address or phone number, please do not contact the person on the phone.

This ensures that you don’t get stuck in the cycle of spam and abuse.

The person you want help with must be willing to communicate with you, so if you want their help, make sure that you can keep them posted.

This can be particularly important if you have no other way to reach them.

6.

Make friends with other volunteers.

It may be hard to find the time to volunteer with other people, but you will find that there are plenty of volunteers who are willing to help.

If they are interested, make them aware of your interest, and invite them to check out your page.

7.

Keep a list for future reference.

This helps you stay on top of who has volunteered online, and where they are volunteering.

You will find it easier to keep track of your volunteers if you keep a list and can search it when needed.

8.

Have a Google Alert if someone is volunteering.

Google Alerts are a great tool to keep people informed about your volunteering efforts.

9.

Set aside time to talk to other volunteers!

This is an especially important step for people who volunteer at a service station or food pantry.

Ask your fellow volunteers if they have volunteers that they would like to talk with about their work, and make sure they are aware of who your fellow volunteer might be.

This may help you make more informed decisions about your volunteer opportunities.

10.

If someone needs help, you can offer them a place to stay.

If volunteers are staying in hotels, it is important that they are provided with accommodation.

Many hotels have rooms with mattresses, so make sure your volunteers have a place that can be shared with them.

If a hotel is experiencing a high volume of volunteers, consider creating a volunteer apartment.

This will make it easier for volunteers to stay together, and it may also make your organization look good for others who are looking to volunteer at your location.

This article is based on a talk given at the 2017 Society of Human Resource Management’s Annual Meeting, in Orlando, Florida, on November 13, 2017.

It was written by Jennifer D. Daugherty, Ph.

D., R.E., and was originally published on November 14, 2017 and republished on November 17, 2017, with permission.

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