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Partnering with Schools – Find Awesome Volunteers

We all know that finding dedicated volunteers can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. But fear not, because today we’re going to talk about an exciting avenue for recruiting volunteers: partnering with schools!

Yep, you heard it right. Schools are a goldmine of potential volunteers who are just waiting to lend a helping hand. So, let’s dive into the why and how of collaborating with schools to find your dream team of volunteers.

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Why Schools Rock for Volunteer Recruitment

Picture this: schools are buzzing with students, parents, teachers, and staff, all bursting with community spirit. By tapping into this incredible energy, nonprofits can enjoy a host of benefits:

  • Diverse and dedicated volunteers galore: Schools are a melting pot of people from different backgrounds, each with their own unique skills and talents. When you partner with schools, you gain access to this diverse pool of individuals who are ready to do more good.
  • Building a sense of togetherness: Schools are all about fostering a sense of community. When you align your nonprofit’s goals with the educational institution’s values, you tap into that powerful community spirit. You’ll attract volunteers who are already invested in creating positive change.
  • Long-lasting connections: Engaging students and families at a young age can create lifelong bonds. By collaborating with schools, you have the chance to establish lasting relationships. Who knows? These enthusiastic volunteers might become your long-term supporters and champions.

Let’s Make Partnering with Schools Happen

Do your homework: Start by researching local schools that align with your organization’s mission and values. Look for schools that encourage community involvement and have a student body interested in volunteering. You may look for high schools that have a chapter of the National Honor Society (which requires volunteering), a Kiwanis club, or volunteerism requirements for graduation.

Building bridges: Reach out to school administrators, teachers, and parent-teacher associations to introduce your nonprofit. Schedule a meeting, either in person or virtually, to build personal connections and explore collaboration opportunities.

POINTer: Did you know that when a school signs up for POINT, your organization can co-host volunteer events with them?? Find out more.

Mix and match volunteer opportunities: Get creative when designing volunteer roles. Consider the skills, interests, and time commitments of students, parents, and staff. Create a range of opportunities that can accommodate different levels of involvement, such as after-school programs, mentorship initiatives, fundraising campaigns, or special events.

Share the knowledge: Work with schools to develop educational materials or workshops related to your cause. By offering resources that promote learning and awareness, you’ll engage students and help them understand the impact of their volunteer efforts.

Show them some love: Don’t forget to recognize and appreciate your volunteers. Give out certificates, awards, or letters of recommendation to acknowledge their hard work and the impact they’ve made. Consider offering incentives like scholarships or college application support to keep those volunteers motivated.

Keep the conversation flowing: Communication is key! Stay in touch with your school partners. Share updates, seek feedback, and celebrate successes together. The more you keep the dialogue open, the stronger your partnership will become.

Embrace the Power of Technology

In this digital era, technology can be your best friend when it comes to school collaborations:

  • Online volunteer management platforms: Streamline your volunteer recruitment, scheduling, and communication using online platforms. These tools can help you match volunteers with suitable opportunities, track their hours, and send friendly reminders.
  • Social media and websites: Utilize social media platforms and your organization’s website to spread the word about volunteer opportunities. Share inspiring stories, photos, and videos that highlight the incredible impact volunteers are making. Get those students and parents excited to join your cause!

Alright, folks, it’s time to team up and create a volunteer recruitment powerhouse by partnering with schools. Remember, when schools and nonprofits join forces, the possibilities are endless. So, let’s harness the power of community, build strong relationships, and make the most of technology to create a lasting impact and a culture of volunteerism that spreads far and wide. Together, we’ve got this!

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Brandy Strand
Nonprofit Partnerships Account Executive

No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.