GetConnected Tips

The HandsOn Maui site and associated GetConnected portal are visited by thousands of community members and visitors each month who search for volunteer opportunities with local nonprofit organizations. Even though there are hundreds of opportunities posted, we still receive feedback from potential volunteers that they have difficulty finding the right opportunity. If your nonprofit wants to attract skilled volunteers willing to devote their time and energy to your organization, you’ve come to the right place! Here we post tips and tricks to improve your visibility and maximize your volunteer recruitment efforts in GetConnected.

GetConnected tips

New Year, New You, New Volunteer Opportunities

Remember the days of searching the newspapers for volunteer opportunities? Perhaps you even perused the bulletin board at the grocery store, or hoped to hear of prospects through the grapevine.

We now live in a digital age, when opportunities are at our fingertips through websites, databases, and social media platforms. As 2017 begins, it’s the perfect time to seek out new volunteer opportunities that may enrich your life.

The County of Maui Volunteer Center offers an easy, one-stop portal to easily locate new volunteer opportunities. On our HandsOn Maui website, you’ll find our impressive GetConnected portal, made for volunteers and agencies alike. It’s something we only could have dreamed about when the County of Maui Volunteer Center was started in the 1980’s!

For volunteers, it’s an ideal place to find volunteer opportunities that seamlessly match with your unique personality, schedule, and interests. You’ll find a dashboard filled with the latest news, fresh opportunities, and information on local agencies that we partner with.

Agencies enjoy engaging with GetConnected, updating their volunteer opportunities and seeking talented, kindhearted people to help fulfill their current needs. Our Agency Partners have found great success through the portal. Instead of scrambling for volunteers, the volunteers come to you, ones that are well-matched with your opportunities.

To read more about GetConnected, visit our Tips page. And visit our Agencies page to find out how your organization can get more involved in the Maui community.

Currently on the GetConnected portal, there are several great opportunities posted by partner agencies, such as Hale Hoike’ike and Maui County Parks & Recreation.

Hale Hoike’ike, a museum filled with Hawaiian artifacts that also includes Bailey House, a historical 19th century home, is looking for volunteers to run the register, greet volunteers, and give a brief introduction to the museum. In particular, they are searching for volunteers on Monday mornings to accept museum admissions. The Maui Historical Society has a passion for sharing Hawaiian history with visitors, and they love it when their volunteers share that very passion. Visit the Agency Page to learn more about all of Hale Hoike’ike’s current volunteer opportunities.

Maui Parks & Recreation works diligently to keep Maui looking pristine and beautiful, thanks to the help of its dedicated base of volunteers. One upcoming opportunity is the Kula School Park Tree Planting on Martin Luther King Day (January 16), hosted by the Arborist Committee along with the Kula Community Association, Maui Green & Beautiful, Department of Housing and Human Concerns Volunteer Center and the East District of Parks. Maui Parks & Recreation regularly offers volunteer opportunities, like park clean-up projects and supporting local athletics. To see all of their offerings, go to their Agency Page.

A quote that really applies to our GetConnected portal is this: “You can’t make a difference without making a connection.” The HandsOn Maui website is designed for both volunteers and agencies, to discover life-changing volunteer opportunities or to have the ability to seek those volunteers.

So, whether you’re searching for a chance to make a difference in the new year, or if you’re an organization wanting to get even more involved in the community, look no further than the HandsOn Maui website, GetConnected Program. Email Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator with any questions.

Update Opportunities Regularly

If your organization posted an opportunity two months (or years!) ago and hasn’t updated it since, there is a good chance volunteers aren’t finding it on GetConnected. Most users visit the Opportunities page to see a consolidated list of volunteer opportunities posted by our partner agencies. The most recently added or updated needs appear at the top of the search results.

The older an opportunity is, the further down the list it appears. Even if your opportunity hasn’t changed, it is a good idea to refresh it every few months. Simply log in and click Submit changes on each of your organization’s opportunities. This is also a great way to review what you have posted on GetConnected.

If the response you’ve received from one of your opportunities is less than expected, you may wonder why no one is interested. Try switching out the title for something more engaging that appeals to a larger group of people. Double-check that all the appropriate interests are included.

The more you update your opportunities,
the more likely it is that volunteers will respond!

Use Interests

GetConnected 2.0 interests are an excellent tool for attracting volunteers.

Volunteers have different interests and priorities when searching for volunteer opportunities. Many potential volunteers use the Interests filter to narrow down the list of needs to only those they are interested in. This means that if you aren’t including Interests in your needs, you’re missing out on a huge pool of potential volunteers that are looking for opportunities just like yours! Each opportunity on your GetConnected profile should be tagged with appropriate Interests to ensure volunteers are connecting with your organization.

Post Multiple Opportunities

Many of our partner agencies only have one ongoing opportunity available for volunteers. This makes volunteer recruitment challenging, because each potential volunteer has a different set of skills, interests and availabilities. By diversifying the opportunities you post on GetConnected, you increase the likelihood that an individual will see and be interested in your organization and volunteer opportunities.

With so many organizations and opportunities to choose from, a potential volunteer may overlook your organization if you only have one opportunity posted. Our top-performing nonprofit agencies consistently have multiple needs listed on their profiles, and they update those needs regularly.

With GetConnected 2.0 it’s even more important that your opportunities are interesting and engaging to volunteers! With our new system, GetConnected users receive an email when a new opportunity is posted by one of the organizations they follow.

Learn how to post your need today!

Posting Agency Needs & Events

Optimize Needs & Events
to Maximize Volunteers

Learn how to maximize the volunteer needs & event features of the GetConnected Program on www.HandsOnMaui.com.

In August 2016, volunteer needs were viewed 2,065 times by website visitors.

We urge you to take a few minutes to update and refresh your volunteer needs or events on the HandsOn Maui website. Creating an inspiring, compelling and motivating volunteer need/event title & description will increase your chance of volunteers responding to your opportunity. Simply describe your passion, do the work and get results… Take action today!

Just like with your agency profile, agency needs and events must be complete to receive the full benefit of GetConnected 2.0.  Your agency’s needs and events contain important information volunteers need to know including:

  • Time & Address – Tell your volunteers when and where to show up
  • Description – Describe why this opportunity is a perfect fit for your ideal volunteer
  • Age Requirements – This can be important from a functional and legal perspective
  • Interests & Abilities – Your selections will help match this need with potential volunteers that may not know about your organization

Do you prefer written guidance?
If so, this tutorial on the steps to a complete agency needs and events is for you!

GetConnected Virtual Volunteer Center

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