Volunteer Engagement (Online Course)

This course was created for the Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship, and is archived and available for you to use free of charge.

Baby boomers and the generations that follow are seeking new ways to use their skills and experience to make a difference in their communities. Your library is uniquely positioned to benefit from these volunteers. This course provides tools, techniques, and models for volunteer engagement so that you will be able to:

Understand the potential for engaging high impact, skilled volunteers to assist public libraries.
Engage this talent to extend the library’s capacity in the community and to benefit from these new library advocates and supporters.
Understand the motivations behind why people volunteer.
Describe the elements of a successful volunteer engagement program.
Create diverse and meaningful skilled volunteer positions that will attract a broad range of community volunteers, especially baby boomers.
Address staff resistance to engaging volunteers.
Understand current trends and issues in volunteer engagement, such as online recruitment and legal issues.