The Importance Of A Successful Volunteer Management Essay

1554 Words Nov 8th, 2016 7 Pages
The importance of successful volunteer management is seen firsthand in this case study of the nonprofit. A new nonprofit, the Saxeville Community Project, forms in the town of Saxeville, WI that attracts many to come work for the popular organization, but then as a new volunteer manager, Emily Roberts, is brought in and new changes are made to how the organization is run, the nonprofit begins to lose the high number of volunteers that it was originally attracting. This paper will examine what happened to the organization to bring about the drastic turnover in volunteers, and then discuss future changes that can be made to the organization to better both the nonprofit and the community it serves. The first reason for the decline of the volunteer turnout was training program in Emily’s policies. The first policy discussed in the case study is that of adding a mandatory orientation training for every volunteer. It is important to understand that a training for an organization is a good thing in the long term for the nonprofit. As discussed in the case study Emily justifies this decision because it puts the volunteers on the same page in terms of the vision and takes away ambiguities in their job. As discussed by Allen and Mueller, “managers should engage in processed to reduce role ambiguity among volunteers and make sure that volunteer assignments are laid out clearly,” (Allen and Mueller **). In their article, they research the importance of providing a clear description of…

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