Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Getting Volunteers

Yours may be one of those locals where just a few people perform all the important functions. If so, what can you do to change that? Try Involving Others! 

The only sure way to change such a situation is to take one step at a time. You have to organize for participation and involvement. Remember, people will repeat actions that are positively reinforced. Without positive reinforcement, they won't get involved. Sometimes all it takes is to ask people to carry out a specific task and then remember to say, "Thank you." 

Even if there are only two of you involved at the beginning, you've got a team. Your first task is to recruit additional helpers. In looking for people, seek out: 

  • Highly effective ARs

  • Members who have helped in the past

  • New members who are anxious to get involved 

To the extent possible, seek volunteers in the age range of potential members. Younger potential members, for example, are likely to be more open to the leader nearest to their age and experience. 

Consider why your association doesn't have enough active members to accomplish your goals. Are current leaders allowing others to participate? Have current leaders asked others to be involved? 

The more members get involved, the more they become aware of what the association does for them, for children, and for public education. The more people who know about the association's programs and activities, the more people you have who can give direct, personal testimony about what we can accomplish when we work together. 

What a Volunteer Needs

Each volunteer has the responsibility to show up. We do the rest.

  • A clear, specific, manageable job

  • A good reason for having to do the job

  • The tools to get the job done

  • Proper training

  • Written directions

  • Good working conditions

  • A deadline

  • A report to make

  • Recognition and appreciation
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