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FlakyFilter: How To Get No-Show Volunteers To Show Up?

I recently started organizing volunteer orientations for a local charity. These orientations take place at long-time volunteers' homes over dinner and require quite a bit of prep work by the hosts. They are optional orientations - i.e., for newcomers who have expressed interest in a more active role with the nonprofit. So far, about 30% of the new people who RSVP 'yes' are complete no-shows. How can I reduce this amount, AND how can I not feel pissed off at people who cancel with no or little notice? Snowflakery inside... [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I approach non-profits about substantive volunteer work?

I'm between jobs and looking to spend some of my time volunteering with a non-profit to do substantive work that involves my professional skills. How do I best approach them to propose this? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What's it like?

I have an interview this week for an assistant volunteer coordinator position at a local organization. I've done some volunteer management before but haven't had a position like this. If YOU have, or do, what's it like? Any advice for an interview?
posted by trillian on Sep 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Where can a bunch of people volunteer in the Seattle area?

I need a place where 50-75 people can spend a weekday (not weekend) volunteering in the Seattle area in late October. The only unacceptable answer is "go clean up this trail / move these heavy rocks / pull these blackberry bushes." [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Volunteer criminal background check deal breakers

Volunteering with youth - criminal background check deal breakers? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jul 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Will a certificate in a social issue lead to a nonprofit job?

In what cases is it worthwhile, career-wise to take a certificate (e.g., non-degree) program in an issue that interests you and you'd like to work in? I am looking in particular at the Food Security program at Ryerson. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Oooh! Pick me!

How do you get on a nonprofit organization's board of directors? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Apr 9, 2011 - 22 answers

Creating a small library for a non-profit

Looking for resources on creating a small library for a non-profit company [more inside]
posted by andendau on Jul 3, 2009 - 7 answers

How can we help abused kids?

How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Aug 28, 2008 - 19 answers

How best to serve a women's shelter?

I have an interview coming up for a volunteer position on the board of the local women's shelter. I anticipate them asking something along the lines of "what will you do for us as a member of the board," and I'd like to have a good answer. [more inside]
posted by AV on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Creating an e-mail list from volunteer form responses

I am building a website for a nonprofit and they want to have a volunteer sign-up form on their site where the input can easily be turned into an e-mail list. [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on Apr 22, 2006 - 6 answers

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