With all the talk of volunteering trends in this new decade, Volunteer Managers are turning their attention to the latest members to join their teams. Yep, we’re talking about the elusive Generation Z. There are plenty of ways to connect with this elusive cohort. You just need to know how to talk their language.
Resourcing goes far beyond giving your team the tools they need to get the job done (although that is important!). It is about stewardship. It is recognizing the invaluable contribution of a volunteer and offering them a chance to grow their skills and feel like they are making a real difference. Here are three ways to RESOURCE your team.
The first step we talk about at Volunteer U is to IDENTIFY your team. What does it mean to identify your team? We’re asking you to take time to think about who your dream volunteer would be and how they would behave. In the IDENTIFY stage, you get to figure out who would be an excellent fit to serve your organization (and just as importantly, who would not be a good fit).
When you work with volunteers (or if you are a volunteer) chances are, you are in contact with people. For some of us, the thousands of little interactions we have a day come naturally. However, for a lot of us, we have to focus on what we are doing, and it doesn’t always come easily. The good news is that interpersonal intelligence can be learned. All of my introverted friends, rejoice!