Grab Hold of Those
Wonderful Volunteers

  Each year you have many volunteer groups, “drop in” groups and
donations coming into the facility. It is very important that you capture the
information about each of these wonderful individuals and groups. Place a
form at the receptionist desk and explain the form to her. The form should
include the following information: Date, Name of Group, Contact Person,
Phone number, email address, web address, address, donated items. If
Volunteers or Volunteer group a line to describe the type of service they will
be providing.  
   After the holidays are over, you should have an extensive list of potential
volunteers to contact. Some of these volunteers such as The Salvation
Army may only be available at holiday times but others might be able to
come more often.  This may be a church Bell Choir, Youth Group Choir,
Local Pre School, etc.  Remember to send a Thank You Card after the
holidays regardless of donation or volunteer time. You might want to
consider purchasing a box of cards so you cards easily accessible. If you
have a volunteer, or resident looking for a task, this is a perfect job Take
the time to send a Thank you note and acknowledge the volunteers for
including your facility in the holiday festivities. Many of these organizations
will read your note at their next meeting and follow up notes by you are
definitely appreciated. For new Activity Directors, what better time to find
out what volunteers, groups and organizations are involved in your
community.  If you are able to make the time, ask the receptionist to contact
you when anyone is volunteering or even dropping off gifts and donations
and take the time to introduce yourself.
-END    
by Sandra Stimson ADC, CALA, CDP
Executive Director,
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