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Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
 
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I have worked with families that have loss loved ones due to homicide, I feel there is a shortage of information available for those working with children that have witness a loved one being murdered. Do y...
P. Kearney
10/09/2007
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T.
12/03/2007
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Hello, I am interested to know, how many agencies charge for their volunteer training. We do not charge for our 65 hour training. I would like to hear from those centers that do. My question would be, do y...
Connie Rodrigue
09/28/2007
arrow icon In CA many agencies do charge for volunteers to attend their...
Alexis Moore
10/03/2007
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Do you have suggestions for "seed" money to start or expand a volunteer program?
Michael Bowen
09/27/2007
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Thank you for inviting me today. This was so much fun. I hope I was at least a little helpful. I wanted to list a couple additional resources for you to think of, such as: • Your local Volu...
dan g
09/26/2007
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09/26/2007
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I am hearing from our grant Program Staff as well as some of the information today we are not the only agency experiencing a major decrease in people interested in volunteering. I am curious what your the...
Carole McDonald
09/26/2007
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Ken the PDV
10/02/2007
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For over 20 years we operated primarily with volunteers (interns, concerned citizens, previous victims etc.). Now, we are having difficulty even locating interested people to volunteer. We deal with homi...
Carole McDonald
09/26/2007
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How do you hold volunteers to the same expectations as staff regarding accountability and commitment to the program?
cathy
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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Thanks for your response. My sense about what turns our volunteers off is the process that they have to go through before they can start the work i.e. interview, background, training and getting up to spe...
Adam Fortune
09/26/2007
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Debbie
09/28/2007
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What community resources could we use to recuit committed, long term volunteers?
Lory Miller
09/26/2007
arrow icon Look for your local volunter center or united way...maybe a ...
dan g
09/26/2007
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As the coordinator of a large law enforcement victim assistance program, I am always looking for new innovative (free) training opportunities for my volunteer staff. We have monthly training meetings and ...
Kathleen
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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Are you aware of any standards or best practices regarding teen volunteers, especially working with children in a shelter environment? Thanks.
Dave McKeown
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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What are the pros and cons of volunteers working in the Law Enforcement Community. Particularly, with a local police agency?
Jimmy Render
09/26/2007
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Debbie
09/28/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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I have been the volunteer coordinator for almost three years and am getting fewer and fewer responses to our ads for training sessions. I live in a small community and feel that we may have tapped out tho...
Judy Helms
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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Where to begin with using volunteers? We have volunteers and want to increase their use but some commanders seem hesitant to "think outside the box."
Curtis
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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How do you get volunteers to trainings when they all have full time jobs and work different schedules?
Debbie
09/26/2007
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Michelle
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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What do you think are the best techniques for recruiting volunteers in the 18-25 age bracket?
Michelle S.
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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If you have a tiny budget, how do you reward volunteers, or keep them feeling appreciated?
Debbie
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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What is the current estimated dollar value per hour of a volunteers time?
Margaret
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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Our volunteers will work in a police station. This means that they will need to go through a background check and particpate in a 6 hour training; this seems to turn people off, I was wondering if you cou...
Adam Fortune
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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How do you suggest we recruit and keep volunteers in a very small rural area?
Erika/DJ
09/26/2007
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Julie
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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Do you have any suggestions on how to recruit volunteers for a children's organization?
Ashley
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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I feel like our volunteers would be more excited and motivated to continue offering their time if we were able to recognize them in some way. With funding being so tight though, we aren't able to purchase...
Michelle
09/26/2007
arrow icon We have had MUCH success with donations of movie tickets, pi...
Margo Schaefer
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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Jean
09/26/2007
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I am the Coordinator for the Pro Bono program at the SC Attorney General's Office. We have about 100 trained attorneys and 50 that are active. What advice do you have for attracting attorneys to take cas...
Megan
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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I work for a DV shelter and I recently went to a workshop about advertising by using MySpace and youtube.com. Have you had any experience with these websites and, if so, have you had any success?
janae
09/26/2007
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Julie
09/26/2007
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regine
09/26/2007
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dan g
09/26/2007
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