Recruiting And Training Volunteers & Building An Effective Volunteer Training Program

Recruiting And Training Volunteers & Building An Effective Volunteer Training Program

Assignment 1

Building an Effective Volunteer Training Program

In your opinion, what could hamper the building of an effective volunteer training program? Use this week’s readings, additional research, and your personal experiences to discuss the process of training volunteers. Consider and address volunteer learning styles in Chapter 10 of the Connors (2012) text in your response, and describe how you would benefit from training that acknowledged your learning style. How would you use this information to develop an effective training program for volunteers in your organization?

Assignment 2

Recruiting and Training Volunteers

In the past two weeks you have explored the importance of recruiting and training volunteers for an organization. Choose an organization with which you are familiar or one in your community.

  • First, identify the types of volunteers that the organization uses (or could use).
    • Evaluate at least three different recruitment methods that could be used for these volunteers.
    • Identify the best method the organization could use to recruit volunteers.
  • Next, identify two of the commonly used volunteer training programs.
    • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of your chosen programs.
    • Detail how these training methods could be used for the volunteers.


Your paper should be 1,050-1,400 words (3-4 pages) in length, not including the title page, formatted in accordance with APA guidelines. Provide specific examples to illustrate your conclusions using a minimum of three credible sources, also cited in accordance with APA guidelines.


Required References

Connors, T. D. (2011). Wiley nonprofit law, finance and management series: volunteer management handbook: leadership strategies for success (Links to an external site.) (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN-13: 9780470604533.

Chapter 8: The Latest Approach to Volunteer Recruitment
Chapter 10: Training Volunteers

Recommended References

Agovino, T. (2016). The giving generation. HR Magazine, 61 (7), 36-38, 40, 42, 44.

Connors, T. D. (2012). The volunteer management handbook (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Chapter 9: Orientation

Kolar, D., Skilton, S., & Judge, L. W. (2016). Human resource management with a volunteer workforce. Journal of Facility Planning, Design, and Management, 4(1)  doi:10.18666/JFPDM-2016-V4-I1-7300

Manetti, G., Bellucci, M., Como, E., & Bagnoli, L. (2015). Investing in volunteering: Measuring social returns of volunteer recruitment, training and management. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26(5), 2104-2129. doi:10.1007/s11266-014-9497-3

Nesbit, R., Rimes, H., Christensen, R. K., & Brudney, J. L. (2016). Inadvertent volunteer managers: Exploring perceptions of volunteer managers’ and volunteers’ roles in the public workplace. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 36 (2), 164-187. doi:10.1177/0734371X15576409

Pynes, J. E. (2013). Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations: A strategic approach (4th ed.). Somerset, NJ: Jossey-Bass. ISBN-13: 9781118398623.
Chapter 9: Training and Career Development

Scott, C. L.  (2016). 7 reasons nonprofit organizations have trouble recruiting volunteers [Video file]. Retrieved from7 Reasons Nonprofit Organizations Have Trouble Recruiting Volunteers (Links to an external site.)