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The Hidden Benefits of Helping: Voluntarism "guru" and long-time FBO leader Virgil Gulker discusses 7 key benefits of volunteering.
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Standards of Excellence for Volunteers: This tip sheet offers advice for volunteers, guiding them towards effectiveness both practically and spiritually.
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Promising Practices for Volunteer Management: Encourage and aid your volunteer team to succeed at their given task by adopting these 12 sound volunteer management practices.
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Volunteer Toolkit: Practical Equipment for Effective Volunteer Management: Volunteers are a valuable and necessary human resource for faith-based nonprofits. This toolkit features informative articles, printable forms and resource lists to help the nonprofit volunteer manager recruit, train, inform and equip volunteers for successful volunteer work.
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Three Steps to Correcting Actions of Problem Volunteers: This helpful article suggests a simple three-step approach to redirecting the energies of problem volunteers.
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Increase Voluntarism in Your Congregation: Volunteer work provides as many benefits to volunteers as to the recipients of the service. In order to make the most of a congregation's volunteer resources, congregational leaders can take these steps to strengthen volunteer commitment, which will strengthen volunteer faith in the process.
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Connecting Faith and Service: According to research reports from Baylor's School of Social Work and its partners, the faith of volunteers is enhanced by the act of serving others. This article explores the dynamic relationship between faith and service.
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Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers in Faith-Based Organizations: This short article offers tips on becoming more intentional and more effective in recruiting and retaining volunteers.
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Standards of Excellence for Volunteer Group Leaders: Tip sheet for volunteer group leaders on everything from planning to celebrating a volunteer service project.
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The 12 Basic Needs of Every Volunteer: Volunteers and volunteer leaders are most likely to succeed and to stay on target if 12 basic needs are met. Use this checklist to determine whether your organization's volunteers are fully equipped for their good work.
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Questions to Determine Problem Behavior: Volunteer managers can use this list of nonconfrontational questions to help deescalate conflict between volunteers.
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Helpful Tips for Encouraging Volunteer Work Through Your Church: Eight insightful tips for motivating congregation members to devote time and energy toward helping the community.
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Recommended Books
National Service: a Resource for Faith-Based and Community Groups: This booklet offers brief profiles of faith-based organizations that have partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to host Americorps, Senior Corps, and VISTA workers
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Adding That Much More: Researching Nacro Volunteers: This report summarizes findings from a survey of volunteers involved in England’s Nacro youth agency, a nonprofit specializing in at-risk youth and crime reduction. It offers valuable insights and examples for engaging youth themselves, and ex-offenders, as valuable volunteers.
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The Volunteer Recruitment (and Membership Development) Book: This practical book provides a wealth of good advice about where to look for new volunteers as well as strategies and techniques for effective recruitment.
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Handling Problem Volunteers: This is a valuable and practical guide for program directors that work with volunteers—if you experience a management problem with a volunteer, this book can help you solve it.
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Volunteers, How to Get Them, How to Keep Them: This is a comprehensive manual that covers the essentials of recruiting and retaining volunteers.
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What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty: This resource will help members of middle-class churches to better welcome lower-income families into their congregations.
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How to Mobilize Church Volunteers: This book equips FBOs with the administrative and managerial tools needed to release church members into active volunteer service.
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Volunteer Toolkit: Practical Equipment for Effective Volunteer Management

The 12 Basic Needs of Every Volunteer

Promising Practices for Volunteer Management

Questions to Determine Problem Behavior

Three Steps to Correcting Actions of Problem Volunteers