Then find ways to engage them today. I often repeat, "Volunteers don't join an organization to sit in a database". Yet that is one of the most common complaints I here from volunteers. "I did all this training, paperwork and now what..."
So again I don't have all the answers, but you might.
I began by looking at my organizations mission and seeing what wasn't getting done, or who needed help. And low and behold there was work for my volunteers to do.
- Our volunteers currently hold medical clinics for the homeless once per month in two separate locations.
- Our volunteers (Hams) are currently working on identifying rally locations in our county that have good communications paths. It will be a place we roll out to all of our volunteers (400+) this summer and test. After we have proven the viability we will offer this site to our employee network.
- We support Red Cross shelters during times of need (Nurses & EMTs).
- We have used support volunteers to help us repackage some critical supplies in our warehouse.
All of this takes time and project management , yes and weekends on my part. But I believe in my program and my volunteers and they want to be useful now, they want to do now, so I continue to look for opportunities to put them to work.
After all that's why they joined, not to sit on a database !