According to the Corporation for National and Community Service 2013 report on Volunteering and Civic Life in America, Louisiana ranks last among U.S. states in Volunteerism with a 17.8% rate. But if you ask a Cenla resident, they might not feel this accurately represents HOW MUCH they truly volunteer.
Some reports may not always capture the many ways that residents volunteer and serve each other in the community. But one thing is certain:
Most volunteers report that their main reason for serving is because they were
asked to serve.
As the holiday season approaches, volunteers will be needed for coat drives, food drives, galas and more. Getting the word out for volunteer opportunities with your nonprofit is easier than ever with a variety of online sites and social media. You can actually seek volunteers where they are rather than having them come to you. For instance, if you want to reach Millennials, social media is definitely one of the best tools to use. A new volunteer is just a Facebook post, a quick tweet, or text message away from becoming an active supporter for your organization's cause.
101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: a field guide
This resource (available in CDW's Learning Lab) is a practical handbook for the field that helps you make the most of your social media tools. Choose from 101 strategies on how to manage and support a social media program that breaks through the internet clutter directly to the volunteers you want to engage. Tactics include quick, easy-to-follow steps you'll need to ensure a successful implementation.
Also be sure to check out these other resources, such as:
- 365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers
- The Volunteer Recruitment Book
CDW's Volunteerism resources
on our website for a list of Local, State, and National matching services where you can post volunteer opportunities for your organization.