Now You Can Be More Specific When You Ask For Help
One of the things I hear a lot is that Non-Profit Organizations have a difficult time recruiting new Members. Sure everyone is busy anymore, yet it is no secret that a full and happy life is one filled with being involved by volunteering in extra curriculum activities. It is a proven fact that when someone becomes something ‘larger than themselves’ – a whole new meaning becomes part of your Being when you Volunteer. You get a sense of belonging that you would not have had the privilege of experiencing if you only cared about and kept to yourself.
You often see the tattered banners on the sides of Fire Departments that say ‘Be a Hero’. It is a great notion, however I feel as though it is a huge misunderstanding. I feel that those banners never quite give the whole picture. They usually have a picture of men dressed in turn out gear fighting flames in the background, much like the image I have on this Blog Post. While yes, that is a large part of what a fire department is about and Departments definitely need this type of person – I feel as though they forget the ‘unsung’ heroes – the ones in the background that are an extremely important part of any Non-Profit Organizations makeup – the ‘glue’ that often holds these Organizations together. I feel as though what these banners don’t mention, or even allude to, is all of the other hidden things that volunteers are needed to do. So essentially, using this type of recruiting strategy is sending out a message to your Community that you ONLY want men who want to go into burning buildings and fight fires.
What about the Ladies Auxiliary? What about the people you need to be your IT people? What about the people you need to help you run your Fundraisers? What about the people you need to wash and clean your trucks? Or the people who are willing to clean your Offices and Bays? And a lot of the other jobs that need to be done by people who don’t fit that ‘Hero’ stereotype. You know you need them. So why use a limiting banner that doesn’t let your Community know that you need THEM! I would bet that this ‘type’ of person would never consider themselves a ‘Hero’ – yet what they can bring to your Non-Profit Organization is an extremely important aspect.
One of the beauties of C.A.S.P.E.R. is that with C.A.S.P.E.R. you can now prominently display that you need . . . . . let’s say a Bookkeeper . . . . . . or a Handy man . . . . or a mechanic . . . . or . . . . . . you fill in the blanks . . . . . Let’s face it, if they don’t know you need them, how will you know they are out there willing to help? Simply put “We are looking for someone to volunteer to help with our Bingo Nights” – you get the idea. Now you can be specific and attract the right person – or rather HERO – for the job at hand.
I believe there are many forms of ‘Heroes’. I believe that every Community is bursting at the brim filled with them. In most cases, they are there ready to help and when the time comes, they spring out and help – Just like they did when our home burnt down. I call all of the people who helped us my ‘Hero’. From the person who was there helping us with food, from the people who were fighting the fire, they were – and still remain – my ‘Heroes’.
However, this is not just the case with Fire Departments – it is ANY Non-Profit Organization. If your Community Members don’t know you need their specific type of ‘Hero’ quality and skill in which they can bring to your Organization, then it is everyone’s loss – especially your Communities, because everyone and Every Non-Profit Organization does matter when running an Organization.
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