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using the Internet to support volunteers

This information was last updated on November 6, 2000

The Internet offers a great way to support volunteers, particularly those that work away from an agency's direct supervision:

  • E-mail offers a way to update volunteers quickly about a resource they may find valuable in their service.

    Consider creating a regular e-mail update to send to volunteers each week, every other week, or each month. This update can include policy reminders, event announcements, or suggestions for resources to help volunteers in their service and reinforce particular issues or guidelines they should keep in mind at all times.

  • An online discussion group offers volunteers an easy avenue to share learnings and ideas and to ask questions of each other.

    How to create such an online discussion group is discussed elsewhere on the VV Project web site.

  • The Web offers a way to provide manuals, guidelines, statistics and other information volunteers may find helpful to their service.

    Start by making any materials you hand out to volunteers also available on the Web: policy manuals, guide books, etc. In fact, converting this information to .HTML is a great task for an online volunteer!

 

sample online support materials for volunteers

These web-based resources by various organizations provide volunteers working offsite with tools and resources they can use to be successful in their service. These online manuels provide great examples of how to successfully train and support volunteers online, even those volunteers an agency may occassionally see face-to-face. Some are computer/Internet/networking-related resources, but many are not -- there's information for volunteers tutoring young people, online volunteers mentoring students, volunteers serving in developing countries, and more:

 
The Virtual Volunteering Project has much more advice on our Web site regarding managing offsite volunteers via the Internet and implementing a virtual volunteering program at your organization.

Also see our resource Working with Web Volunteers.

 
If you use this material to help your organization, please e-mail us and let us know!


 
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This is an archived version of the Virtual Volunteering Project web site from January 2001.
The materials on the web site were written or compiled by Jayne Cravens.
The Virtual Volunteering Project has been discontinued.
The Virtual Volunteering Project web site IS NO LONGER UPDATED.
Email addresses associated with the Virtual Volunteering Project are no longer valid.
For any URL that no longer works, type the URL into archive.org
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For new materials regarding online volunteering, see
Jayne Cravens' web site (the section on volunteerism-related resources).
 

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