ERIC Number: ED294017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Volunteer Service Agreements: A New Strategy for Volunteer Management.
As new types of volunteers come into the field--working people, retirees, executives--new methods are needed to hold their interest and ensure their cooperation while preserving the goals of the organizations they serve. Some of those organizations, especially museums, are using volunteer service agreements to attract and hold volunteers and to enhance their experiences while increasing their usefulness to the museum. Volunteer service agreements spell out what is expected of volunteers in terms of knowledge, experience, amount of work time, attendance at training courses, and other items, while also spelling out the obligations of the museum to provide insurance, learning opportunities, training, and so forth. Volunteer managers should seek input from volunteers when setting up and developing programs to meet their training and continuing education needs. Continuing education programs should be self-directed as far as possible and should have built-in evaluation processes. Volunteer service agreements allow volunteers to take greater responsibility for their own learning with concommitant enthusiasm and dedication to the museum, while allowing volunteer managers to grow in their jobs; such agreements align the activities of both with the mission of the museum. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (34th, San Diego, CA, March 18-22, 1988).