Recruitment and Retention: Celebrating Volunteers
One of the biggest challenges that we face as organizations is the recruitment and retention of our volunteers. The Recruitment and Retention Team, R&R for short, of the North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary spends much time and energy finding new and better ways to entice volunteers to join and to ensure that they want to remain once they are members.
During volunteer month, the team of Sarah Fraser, Sue Hackett, Pat Hicks, Darlene O’Farrell and Janet Wootton planned a Volunteer Appreciation Event at one of our venues. Each volunteer received a small gift which included a pansy and a “V” volunteer pin. Goodies were provided, volunteers were lauded and members met others who were donating their time to the same end.
The team publishes a monthly newsletter, Volunteer Voices, to keep all informed about the happenings within the Auxiliary. Each R&R member brings info from a different aspect of our organization ensuring a feeling of inclusion for every group and every venture. Special occasions or achievements of individual volunteers are highlighted and upcoming events are advertised.
But all would agree that the most memorable moment and creation of the R&R Team this year had to be their delivery of awards at our recent Anniversary dinner. “Celebrities” congratulated the award winners and, in fact, all of the members of the Auxiliary on their achievements. All five women (one in two different roles) researched their celebrity and became her for a brief time. There was a buzz for many weeks afterward still talking about the performance. Members are excited about being part of such a fun and dynamic Auxiliary.
Can you name the Celebs? (double click on thumbnail to enlarge).