Giving Compass’ Take:
• TriplePundit explores ways to engage and retain young volunteers, including offering training for “soft skills” (such as problem-solving) and being active on social media.
• Millennials are extremely passionate about a variety of causes, so it shouldn’t be a stretch to find ways to build a volunteer base. But these suggestions will go a long way to creating a sustainable strategy.
Compared with everything else on a millennial’s plate, it is essential to link the volunteering activity to a passion the person already has. For example, book-lovers could enjoy recording audio books for the visually challenged.
Many millennials have developed extensive networks and understand the pulse of the online world and know what gets popular. Showing millennials they can make a difference by helping an awareness campaign online — just by liking and sharing — can open their eyes to how the things they already do can be harnessed for good.
Honing and developing skills: Offer millennials avenues where they can sharpen existing skills and develop soft skills such as team building, goal setting, problem-solving, and adaptability.
Volunteering during work hours: Such a program requires a work culture that provides both meaningful tasks and connection to the outside world.
Random acts of responsivity: One benefit of volunteering is the impact on local communities.
Raising funds: Don’t underestimate the power of crowdfunding.
Create your own tools: Today, there are online tools that don’t just give young people access to information, but also allow them to create their own materials.
Voices on social media: From a young age, millennials expressed themselves, their interests and their causes in various ways on different channels.
Read the full article about ways to engage millennial volunteers by Abhishek Ranjan at TriplePundit.
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