United Way can help your organization find the help you need! Check out the resources below for recruiting leadership, program or project volunteers.
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Our powerful VolunteerMatch database at CincyHelps.org connects you with people who want to volunteer.
Tips for Writing a successful volunteer listing
- Tell them what | Explain what volunteers will do –but just enough to understand their role, and be sure they are qualified. Try to re-frame the description from the perspective of the volunteer. What would you want to know before you'd sign up yourself? How would you describe it to a friend?
- Tell them why | Volunteers are motivated by a variety of factors, but it’s always good to let them know why they are giving their time. Assume they don't already know about your organization or the population you serve. Connect the dots for volunteers, especially when they won't interact with those benefiting from their work.
- Tell them when | Most volunteers want to know something will fit their schedule before they sign up. Under Time Commitment include the available hours, as well as how often, and for how long. i.e. Volunteers commit to help 3 hours per week for one year. Available Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM.
- Tell them who | Checking all appropriate special group options (Kids/Teens/Older Adults/Groups) ensures those groups will see your opportunities. For family-friendly opportunities, you can enter the minimum age with supervision under Minimum Age, then specify a minimum age to volunteer alone under Requirements.
- Don’t tell them how | Our site works best when volunteers click the SIGNUP button to get in touch with you, so we ask that you do not add contact information or links in the description. This helps you know where signups are coming from, provides volunteers with a consistent experience, and helps us make sure the website is working for everyone.
Need More Support?
Volunteer Recruitment Resources
Board Orientation and Leadership Development (BOLD)
A great opportunity for new or current board members to learn the skills necessary to become a more effective board member and help lead your organization.
Provides recruitment services to non-profit organizations seeking talented, committed, capable, and dedicated individuals to serve on their respective boards or committees.
Cincinnati Association for Volunteer Administrators (CAVA)
A networking organization that enables volunteer coordinators to share information and ideas with others as well as take part in special workshops.
Cincinnati Community ToolBank
Offers an inventory of tools (shovels, rakes, drills) to help volunteers get the job done at local nonprofits. For pennies on the dollar, your organization can do more for less.
VolunteerMatch Learning Center
Free webinars and other resources to learn how to effectively involve volunteers in the important work of your organization.
Contact: For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-762-7175.