Volunteer and Donations Management class today.
Lots of discussion was sparked by spontaneous volunteers.
While easy to handle, complex to handle without a tested and easy system to categories skills and personnel.
Additionally, lots focused on resource and supplies. A casual remark in class is that volunteers can house all kinds of stuff and be able to distribute everything accordingly.
Let me be very honest, I love people that want to help. But if you dump this task on an untrained and unfamiliar set of volunteers, it will not go smoothly. You have to train them, set them in a direction, and of course be as organized and coordinated as you can be. Make them part of your team EARLY!
So to share a perfect example of serving in disaster recovery, I’ll again share the AmeriCorps package we put together while deployed out for Hurricane Maria on the US Virgin Islands St. Thomas.
Outstanding crew to work with and solid bunch of dedicated individuals to the mission at hand. More info about AmeriCorps, click here and AmeriCorp Blue-6 (<—That team is SOLID).
A few takeaways for participants in today’s class:
- Build relationships before an emergency.
- Enhance capabilities and knowledge.
- Evaluate skill sets of your volunteer workforce.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.
- Help your neighbor.
- Do good stuff.
Train your volunteers frequently as they should be a valuable part of our community’s recovery process.