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Recruiting Volunteers
From How the Virtual Volunteering Project Involves Online Volunteers
by Jayne Cravens, Project Manager


Recruiting volunteers always comes AFTER developing online assignments and a screening and orientation process. It's also been the easiest step for me.

More than half of the online volunteers I've involved wandered onto the VV Project Web site and found the information about volunteering online with this Project on their own. Most were using the keywords "volunteer" or "online volunteering", or some variation, in a popular online directory or search engine. From the volunteering at the VV Project summary page, they can submit the volunteer application.

Other VV Project volunteers have come from recruitment methods outlined in the document Marketing Volunteer Opportunities Online, and from sending notices (usually faxed or snail mailed, rather than e-mailed) to career-development offices and volunteer offices at selected colleges and universities (after doing an initial recruitment blitz in 1997, I've never had to do another one; a steady stream of online volunteers with various expertise continue to express interest).

Traditional recruitment methods, such as sending notices to your local Volunteer Center (often run by the United Way) or RSVP office, are also excellent ways to recruit online volunteers.