Each year, Met Council works with 2,000 volunteers across a spectrum of ages and range of locations in the greater New York metro area. Here are some of the tips on how we continue to motivate our volunteers.
- Make your volunteers feel needed and appreciated. Met Council created the ‘Volunteer of the Month’ program to show appreciation for active volunteers. We also have a once a year large volunteer recognition event with awards and food.
- Develop a community of volunteers. Met Council has numerous ways for volunteers to help out. By creating age specific projects, Met Council has successfully created more intimate volunteer circles. For example, the MVP Cheers for Volunteers, which targets young professionals, meets every three months to do good work in our community followed by enjoying a pint at a local bar, fostering greater friendship among volunteers themselves.
- Empower your volunteers. By designing projects that directly impact the lives of our clients, Met Council is able to empower our volunteers to make an immediate difference. On the Met Council website, there are specific tangible projects for which individuals, groups and corporations can sign up; including hands-on projects, such as painting homes, planting gardens and serving food, as well as skilled seminars such as interviewing techniques and fiscal discussions on budgets and cash flow.
See these tips featured in Inc.com’s latest article on how non-profits and corporations can motivate their volunteers.