Volunteer Recruitment Grid

Some ideas for using this grid in your Society:

1. Have new members, potential committee members, lay leadership workshop participants fill out these forms.

2. Have them write what they are already doing in these quadrants.

3. Have them write what they have been recruited to do in these quadrants.

4. Have participants share what is in their four quadrants. This is important because it helps people to see that there are other people who are actually good at what they cannot do and who actually like what they cannot stand. It will diminish to possibility that you will have volunteers doing things that they hate and about which they may build up resentment.

5. Hand out the grid with the notes in each quadrant. Have members evaluate the choices available on your volunteer needs list according to these quadrants. Try not to have volunteers working in their “No” area. Neither they nor the Society will be happy with the outcomes if this rule of thumb is not heeded.

6. Try, as much as possible, when recruiting volunteers to place people in their “Yes” areas. Use highly skilled people as trainers and mentors in their ‘Maybe” areas. It would be better not to use people routinely in their areas listed below the horizontal line.

7. By using this tool adequately, you are more likely to get people doing work who are actually good at it and like it and who are more likely to be successful, meet deadlines, maintain their morale and enthusiasm, and be better representatives for ethical community.

by Joy McConnell, based on an idea suggested by Jone Johnson Lewis