Valuable tips for posting volunteer opportunities on VC’s website:
- Be complete! Fill out as much information as possible. Complete information allows for volunteers to search and find your opportunities a variety of ways.
- List opportunities correctly! Create volunteer “opportunities” on your listing. Volunteer opportunities are separate from agency information. Follow the commands and fill in agency information and then do and individual listings for each volunteer opportunity your organization has. A volunteer search turns up opportunities, not agencies. So, if you have no opportunities listed, you will not be among the listings volunteers will see.
- Choose “issue areas!” Choose an issue area for each volunteer opportunity you list, not just for the agency. This will assure your opportunity being listed when a volunteer searches by key word or interest area.
- Volunteering is fun and meaningful! Make it sound that way in your posting!
- Example of title for a volunteer opportunity: “Tutor Needed” versus “Make a difference in the life of a child.” “Kitchen Aide” versus “Help seniors enjoy a good meal!” Which ones sound more compelling?
- Make your descriptions action-oriented and showing the volunteer work to be meaningful.
- Edit! Edit! Edit! Have someone else review what you type on the site. Is your meaning clear? Check for spelling and typos!
- Update your listing! New contacts, new email addresses, and new opportunities should be updated regularly. If there is no activity on your listing for 12 months, your agency will be made “inactive” which is where it cannot be viewed by the public. However, it is not deleted and by simply making one change, it will be live again to the public!
- VC staff can help with all of this! For questions, contact Volunteer Central at 410-366-6030 or email us.