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- Engaging the Community
- Exploring and Preparing for Community Involvement
- Recruiting Volunteers and Connecting to Opportunities
- Placing, Supporting, and Supervising Volunteers
- Recognizing Volunteers
- Assessing the Program
Interviewing and Screening Volunteers
An interview is a conversation with a purpose. This conversation provides a framework for you to get to know the prospective volunteer and for the volunteer to get to know you and your organization. Information garnered in the interview is invaluable as you look for service placements that fit your volunteers and as you find ways to maximize the volunteer opportunity for all concerned.
Interviews vary based on the complexity of the opportunity. As the service opportunity grows in complexity so too does the interview. As a rule of thumb, interviewing protocols for volunteers parallel those utilized for salaried positions, including securing personal and background reference checks for positions that require this level of scrutiny. Less intensive service opportunities and group projects are generally handled more informally often involving simple record keeping so that you are able to follow-up with volunteers and invite them back for additional service opportunities.
- The Process for Completing Audit: Element #5: Interviewing and Screening
By Susan J. Ellis, from her Volunteer Management Audit guidebook.
- Sage Advice for the New Member
Excerpted from The Group Member's Handbook by Marilyn MacKensie and Gail Moore
- Volunteering is Inherently Risky
from Susan Ellis's "On Volunteers" column in The NonProfit Times.
- Barriers to Preventing Abuse
from the book Child Abuse Prevention Primer for Your Organization
- Step 2: Screening
By Charles Tremper and Gwynne Kostin from No Surprises: Harmonizing Risk and Reward in Volunteer Management, 2nd ed
- Reference Checks
By John Patterson with Charles Tremper and Pam Rypkema from Staff Screening Tool Kit, 1st Edition