Do you want to start a civic engagement project, but you're not sure how to begin? Have a great idea, but not a lot of organizing experience? Scroll down for resources to help you design and implement a successful project, or use these quick links to access content.
- Getting Started
- Step 1. Have an Idea
- Step 2. Research Your Project
- Step 3. Consult Stakeholders and People with Experience
- Step 4. Determine Feasibility and Sustainability of Your Project
- Step 5. Write a Description of Your Project
- Step 6. Prepare a Preliminary Budget
- Step 7. Develop a Proposal and Budget for Funders
- Step 8. Recruiting Volunteers and Participants
- Step 9. Publicize Your Project
- Step 10. Project Reporting
- Step 11. Identify/Quantify Impacts
- Detailed Guides
- See Examples
A Step-by-Step Resource for Your Student-Led Project
Civic Engagement Handbook
Step 8. Recruiting Volunteers and ParticipantsCommunity based projects typically require trained people power to support project goals. Developing a workable infrastructure with other leaders to help with tasks, recruit and train volunteers and maintaining and cultivating important community relationships takes multiple resources. Recruiting volunteers who can provide direct service is likely key to the project’s success.
Questions to consider (infrastructure):
• What additional expertise is required to ensure success?
• How can tasks associated with the project be distributed among a group of dedicated organizers?
• How can you recruit for specific needs of the project (volunteer management, social media, content development, etc.)?
Questions to consider (volunteers):
• What is the function of volunteers and what tasks are volunteers suited to?
• What skills and experience do volunteers need?
• How will you go about finding volunteers?
• What type of training is needed to ensure the success of volunteers?
• Do the community partners have volunteer management and policies?
Types of Civic Engagement
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