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OVCRC
12/09/2015
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Do you have any sense of what is the "golden" ratio of volunteers per volunteer hours needed/contact people in order to maintain healthy, engaged, and communicative relationships between voluntee...
Emily S
12/09/2015
arrow icon thats a great idea, thank you both so much!
Emily S
12/09/2015
arrow icon Maybe you could have monthly, or bi weekly "debriefings" tha...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have between 25 and 35 active volunteers at any given tim...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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What are some ways that you recruit new volunteers?
Patricia
12/09/2015
arrow icon all great ideas...I mentioned in another questions that we j...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon Great ideas! I am new to this and look forward to having a s...
Patricia
12/09/2015
arrow icon Unfortunately, I go on the local news to talk about upcoming...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
arrow icon We recruit volunteers at our local universities within the a...
Alisha
12/09/2015
arrow icon Consistent messaging to the community through local news out...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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What do you do about volunteers who are clearly not appropriate for direct service advocacy work with clients? Because we are known in the community for how client centered we are, we get a lot of people c...
Karen Hargrave
12/09/2015
arrow icon Along with the skills acquired at training, a candidate must...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon We require 30 hours of training. That includes 25 hours in-p...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon Persons interested in volunteering must complete an applicat...
Alisha
12/09/2015
arrow icon That is perfect. During training we also assess their emotio...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon A big problem, especially in an emergency. As hard as it wa...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon I am with Joyce... its hard, but your volunteer opportunitie...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon Yes, we do the same. And yes, we also require about 20 hours...
Karen Hargrave
12/09/2015
arrow icon we have a 40 hour training for our advocates that must be co...
Emily S
12/09/2015
arrow icon Training requirements are listed in our training manual, whi...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon would it be possible to get examples of skilled training exa...
Emily S
12/09/2015
arrow icon Do you have a certain amount of training that advocates must...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
arrow icon The pre-screening interview, background checks and skilled t...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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I am having a hard time getting staff comfortable working with and having the skills to work with volunteers. Do you know of any training for staff to help them better work with volunteers?
Marcy
12/09/2015
arrow icon If you know of any organizations in your area that use volun...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon we have had luck by using the seasoned, long time volunteers...
Dan G
12/09/2015
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I would love to hear some tactics for keeping current volunteers engaged--appreciation events/activities, surveys, meetings, etc. We have a significant volunteer pool of about 110, but sometimes struggle w...
Alison
12/09/2015
arrow icon I mentioned in an earlier post that we have quarterly coffee...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
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How do you suggest getting volunteers to attend required monthly/quarterly meetings? We want to be sure to connect with volunteers, and they often don't show up. Are required meetings the way to go?
DV Advocate
12/09/2015
arrow icon We struggle with that too. We try to always remove as many ...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We do "require" them, but of course, there are exceptions. B...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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Is this a volunteer function: someone who is an advisor for the direct services work. For example, if they serve only to provide assistance and guidance via email questions from the direct victim service p...
Latrina
12/09/2015
arrow icon I am not sure I understand this question. Are you asking if ...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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We find that because we are an agency that serves victims of sexual and domestic violence, we most often get volunteers who have experienced these crimes themselves. Many of them have not adequately dealt ...
Karen Hargrave
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have encountered this as well. Even a few advocates that...
Shana R.
12/09/2015
arrow icon yes, we definitely do not accept all applicants and know tha...
Karen Hargrave
12/09/2015
arrow icon I guess what it all comes down to is that its OK to not acce...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon I work at a crisis shelter for abused and neglected children...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have a pre-screening in-person interview with potential c...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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I coordinate volunteers for a law enforcement agency. Can you suggest ways to change the culture? Often times potential volunteers are interested in a certain Unit but when trying to place them I receive s...
Monica White
12/09/2015
arrow icon Like Joyce said...from the top down. You need by in from al...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have participated in multi-disciplinary training teams fo...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have had luck with selling the work volunteers do as free...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
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In a very fast paced environment as we are usually in, how do you effectively have volunteers work alongside staff? Is scheduling an issue that you run into often, and if so how do you battle that?
Ryann
12/09/2015
arrow icon One way we have tried to help that situation is having staff...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We use volunteer advocates alongside staff sexual assault nu...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon Unfortunately, we have had the most luck with retired women ...
Shana
12/09/2015
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How can myself as a volunteer coordinator help to promote longevity of volunteers? Most volunteers only stay for a few months now and then move on.
Danielle
12/09/2015
arrow icon we ask our volunteers to commit to volunteer for at last 6 m...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon I have been involved in Volunteer Management for over 20 yea...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We ask up front for our volunteers to commit to a minimum of...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
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What are some ways to effectively communicate with Volunteers? How do you actively engage volunteers to get them to participate in events, etc? What are some ways to increase volunteer numbers in cer...
Elizabeth Wise
12/09/2015
arrow icon That's a very good idea, having a volunteer social where cur...
Elizabeth Wise
12/09/2015
arrow icon Thank you. Your answers were both helpful. I do communicat...
Elizabeth Wise
12/09/2015
arrow icon And as far as increasing numbers….we just did a Volunteer Sa...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon Our volunteer coordinator sends email communication at least...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon Where I work, we have about 150 active volunteers. Most hel...
Dan G
12/09/2015
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What are the best ways to keep volunteers interested and engaged?
Lindsey Spietz
12/09/2015
arrow icon We hold them quarterly at the least or every other month. I...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
arrow icon When do you hold these coffee sessions? I was thinking abou...
Lindsey Spietz
12/09/2015
arrow icon We hold a quarterly coffee get together for our small number...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
arrow icon Monthly meetings are held for group support, training, socia...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon I find I have better luck at that when I involve volunteers....
Dan G
12/09/2015
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Do you have tips and resources (e.g., a volunteer manual) which you can share to help Victim/Witness programs develop effective volunteer programs? Many Victim/Witness programs in Virginia struggle with b...
Eleanore Ashman
12/09/2015
arrow icon As the Advocacy Coordinator for my center, I too run the vol...
Shana Rutherfor
12/09/2015
arrow icon I can provide electronic copies of the manual within a few d...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon Are you interested in the Volunteer Manual that Joyce discus...
OVCRC
12/09/2015
arrow icon We would be greatful to receive a copy of manuals from other...
verna
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have a full-time Volunteer Coordinator/Advocate who coord...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon The Victim Services Division assists victims at crime scenes...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon We have a volunteer manual that we are willing to share. It ...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon I would suggest you contact the Pima County Attorney Victim ...
Dan G
12/09/2015
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How do you find a role volunteers when the agency/state mandated training for most people who want to help out?
Danielle
12/09/2015
arrow icon A required, comprehensive group training for volunteers who ...
Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon Our volunteers where I work at Casa de los Niños, receive th...
Dan G
12/09/2015
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We frequently have people volunteer to help, but they want to work directly with victims, which our confidentiality and professional counseling requirements prohibit. Using them to help staff events is pie...
Deb Bartle
12/09/2015
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Joyce Siegel
12/09/2015
arrow icon A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally l...
Dan G
12/09/2015
arrow icon I often like encourage people to think of volunteer as a rat...
Dan G
12/09/2015
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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Dan Gregory and Joyce Siegel to the OVC Web Forum. They will be available to answer your questions on best practices for Using Volunteers Effec...
OVCRC
12/09/2015
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