Posted 25 October 2005 - 05:01 PM
I have tried several different ways to recruit volunteers and get a few but they end up leaving within a month or so due to other obligations usually.....
My question where and how do you get solid volunteers that want to come in and stay to help with the program or integrate new ideas?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:26 PM
I work in a SNF and I love my volunteers.After they complete their orientation they do bingo,1:1 visits,crafts,manicures and Bible study. I always try to match a person to what their interests are and what they feel comfortable doing- some people have a fear of speaking in public for example. Tell them constantly how much you appreciate them and don't forget to do something for them during Volunteer Week
Posted 28 January 2006 - 06:40 AM
Hope this helps you out
Posted 08 February 2006 - 07:09 PM
Hi, You can do a lot of things. 1. First ask your facility for some T-Shirts, Bags, Coffee Cups anything with your name on it, give that out for gifts. 2. Do a Bingo with Popcorn and cokes give out gifts like Bath Stuff, stuff others have donatied that your residents can't have or use. 3. Send letters to store's asking for Items that you can give out for gifts. If you have a wal-mart you can call or write they will give up to 25.00 so will Kroger. 4. Ask the resients to help make something really nice to give out. Bake cookies. Get the staff to help by giving items most staff should help. 5. Have a Taco Bar ask all department heads to bring in one or two items that you will need and then sale 2 Taco's or Taco salad for 3.00 it should gp over really good. we did one and made 450.00 off one. I wish you luck!!! :-D
Volunteer Appreciation is sneaking up. What do you give your volunteers as gifts? For the past two years we have done a brunch with muffins, coffee cakes, fresh fruits. I made candy trees in little terra cotta pots last year. The year before they got a candle and a keychain. I invite at least 30 people and my monthly budget is $50. So I'm looking for inexpensive ideas that the volunteers will like and use. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!
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Posted 09 February 2006 - 03:54 PM
Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:00 AM
by Akbar Khan in 2002
Like everyone else you face life’s struggles
Additionally, you volunteer your time
Though intrinsic rewards may be many
Wages you get nary a dime
Some volunteer for freedom and fun
Some out of goodness of heart
For many a reason, 1.3 million Canadian
Volunteers do their part
Feeding the physically challenged
Visiting with the old and lonely
Outreaching into the community
Beyond the call of duty
Looking after the elderly and sick
Delivering meals on the go
Around the clock, 365 days
Through rain or shine or snow
Being Big Sister to a young girl
Or Big Brother to a little boy
Sharing, caring and understanding
Spreading love, comfort and joy
Fundraising for charities
Canvassing door to door
You willingly do with a smile
What others consider a bore
So tonight we acknowledge your efforts
And in your honor proudly raise cheers
May God Bless you one and all
V I V A L A V O L U N T E E R S !
Posted 13 March 2006 - 10:36 PM
Just wanted to let you guys know that all of our Volunteer products are on special in the Shop!
Plus, in our Bookstore we have these great new mugs that you can put your own photos in! Those would be great gifts for the volunteers!
What are you guys giving your Volunteers?
Posted 05 June 2006 - 11:05 AM
Posted 05 June 2006 - 12:15 PM
Type up a geneneral letter and mail it in bulk to as many organizations (churches, schools, VFW's, etc) and keep mailing every 6 months to a year.
I noticed that for churches, direct your letter to the Ladies Bible Class, Youth Minister, Involvment Coordinator or Men's Prayer Group for specific responses. That way, when you follow up with a call, you can direct yourself to a specific person, instead of asking for anyone in general. Even with schools, direct your letter to specific teachers who are interested in taking their kids to schools for outings regularly - that will cut down on a lot of middle man.
When it comes to volunteering, I just spoke with one of my volunteers this morning and we were amazed with how God has blessed her and the ministry she has from church to visit the past three years! How quickly time flies. But you have to find people who WANT to volunteer - if they are needy, YOU don't need them! If you are a praying person, pray about it - God will send the right people your way! I know He did when he sent me this volunteer!
Having a system in place for orientation when you get someone who is interested, and having a name tag for them to be recognized as a volunteer gives them a sense of recognition and need. And whatever you do, when it comes to volunteers, treat them extra special - if it is between talking to them or a staff member, give the volunteer priority! They feel respected that way! I've learned, too, don't overwhelm them! Then they get burned out and leave quickly!
HOpe this helps!
Edited by Diana, 05 June 2006 - 12:16 PM.
Posted 05 June 2006 - 01:28 PM
There is an article in the activity articles section on volunteers might help you as well.
Posted 11 June 2006 - 09:43 AM
Posted 11 June 2006 - 12:34 PM
the only thing that i can say is this is a hard job, do you have a family member that can come in and help you?
Posted 11 June 2006 - 02:10 PM
Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:00 AM
i dont' have any volunteers where i am at. i am a solo player with 50 residents. (some) Families do come in to visit and do individual activities with their loved ones, i have made suggestions to them of manicures, cards, etc etc to give some interaction.
volunteers can be a wonderful asset or they can be a HUGE pain. In my experience i have only had opportunity to work with a handful that were in it for all the right reasons.
have you thought of your local community visitors scheme >??? i find they tend to work quite well. and also...keep in mind..sometimes relatives as volunteers can be more time consuming than helpful.
advertise on radio...?? most places have a community radio station with a free community notice board spot...and the local paper...ask them if you can place an advert for free.....
i think being clear and concise on what you want from them is important so they know if they will fit in with the needs of your residents....do you want them to visit and read only..?? do you want assistance with group activities such as calling bingo etc...???...will they get a free meal..?? (some expect it)....or is a cuppa and piece of cake..??? or is it nothing..as they are volunteering..???..of course we know however if people volunteer for the right reasons..the rewards for them are Huge..
Posted 05 August 2006 - 11:24 PM
Posted 06 August 2006 - 04:17 PM
Volunteers can really help make your job easier...but you have to grow them. Make sure you are taking care of the volunteers you have by awarding them certificates, praising them in newspapers and the facility newsletter, patting them on the back...treat them as though they were made of gold...they are! :pint:
When your religious groups are there, try to encourage some of them to volunteer for other needs that you have. Sometimes you get an older group of volunteers who are willing to come at different times during the day for coffee time, one-on-ones, help with decorating for the seasons, helping with parties and special dinners, and a wide variety of other things. Many of the younger people work during the day and find it very difficult to volunteer...but older folks who are retired are often looking for ways to fill their days. Also, their volunteering is a good way to sew seed for future census. That is, many of the 50+ crowd have parents who may need nursing home placement at some time. Some volunteers who are older than that may need placement for a spouse. By volunteering they will learn about the quality and caring of your facility. To me, a vibrant activity program is the best visible sign of quality care. ;-)
Also, try to establish a regular visit from the local elementary school. A reading to the resident type of program works well and counts as a one-on-one visitation. Sometimes a local college has an Activity Therapy program that requires its students to serve a practicum of so many hours. You can sign up to be a practicum director and they will send you students each semester. Family members make good volunteers as do their children. Also, the children of staff can volunteer. Do you have any children who wait in the facility for their mother to get off work? Grab them as volunteers. ;-)
Here's the secret of keeping volunteers: praise-praise-praise. It is important to establish a yearly time for volunteer recognition. Choose a day or evening other than National Nursing Home Week or National Volunteer Week (Why? Because the volunteers are probably swamped with other facilities wanting them to come to their party during that time). Instead, pick another time and you will have a successful showing up of your volunteers. At the volunteer recognition provide them with party food and drinks, set the tables with center pieces you can give away as prizes, give each of them an inexpensive gift, provide certificates of participation, award one volunteer as Volunteer of the Year, have someone to supply music during the party time (instrumental is best) so the volunteers can socialize with each other and the residents. Let the resident council be the sponsor of the event.
I hope this will help you out. :hammer:
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