How to Find Volunteers for a Charity

Written by jennifer metz
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Volunteers are often what keep a charity organisation up and running. In many cases, a charity without volunteers has to cease operations. Whether you are running the charity, or simply working for it, you believe in its cause. To keep things running smoothly, and your charity doing the best it can, it is imperative to keep seeking out new volunteers.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Flyers

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    Contact newspapers to run an ad. If your charity is non-profit, many newspapers will run an ad for no charge. If you are not non-profit yet, try it anyway. Some newspapers look for community news and may still publish your ad at no charge.

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    Post a classified ad on In a day and age where so many people browse Craigslist for many different reasons, this is a great place to advertise for volunteers. They even have their own volunteer message board. Posting on Craigslist is free.

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    Hang flyers up around town. Libraries, grocery stores and Laundromats usually have notice boards for posting local news. Make sure your flyers are catchy, colourful and easy to read. Little tear strips at the bottom with contact information that people can take with them are a good idea also.

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    Set up booths at local fairs and festivals. This may cost a little bit, but the exposure for your charity is worth it. This is a great place to meet lots of people and potential volunteers. Have a sign-up sheet for those that are interested in volunteering. Give a little promotional gift to those that sign up if you can afford it.

  5. 5

    Contact a local radio station to do an on-air slot. This can be a commercial type of advertisement, or perhaps a local radio station would like to interview you to help draw attention to your cause.

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    Host an informational volunteer get-together at a local restaurant, school or hall. Advertise this event well in advance and have those people that are considering volunteering come to the meeting. This is a great way to get those people who are on the fence, or just thinking about it, to learn more about your charity.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on your type of charity, you may want to do background checks on all volunteers.

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