If you have a strong passion for helping others and giving back to your community you may want to explore starting your own volunteer organization. In the beginning the organization likely won’t need its own building or office, but as time goes forward and new recruits join you may need to find some land for sale.
If starting your own volunteer organization sounds interesting, but you have no idea how to get started here are a few tips:
- How much do you know?
If you are planning to run an organization you need to have knowledge on the subject. People who decide to join the cause may have questions and look to you for leadership. Unfortunately, if you don’t have any answers you will lose credibility.
- Game plan
Running an organization takes planning. As a leader of an organization you are in charge of others who are freely giving their time. Have a plan or schedule set for the volunteers, so they can plan ahead and decide when they’re available. If you just randomly call people on the day of an event you may discover people are not available.
- Write out goals
It is important to have a clear mission and goals. Putting those in writing can be a good way to keep you accountable. You can use social media by creating a Facebook page and a Twitter account and add the mission statement there. Let people know what you and the organization are about, and what they will be doing if they choose to join.
All of the most successful organizations have people chosen for leadership positions to balance out the responsibility, share ideas and delegate tasks to groups of employees. The same should take place in your volunteer organization. It’s a great idea to have a mix of older individuals and younger people to be able to see things from different viewpoints.
Passion is definitely needed to start a volunteer organization, but it takes more than that to have an impact. You have to plan things out and build a team. If you are able to bring on volunteers who are passionate about the cause; combine that with structure and planning, and your organization will make a difference.