Keeping Holiday Volunteers Safe This Season
The holidays are a time where thousands of people choose to give back to their communities through not for profit volunteering. As a not for profit organization, volunteers are extremely valued contributors to the success of your mission. Unfortunately, they can also be a liability if issues arise. It’s important for your organization to minimize the risk of harm to the community members you serve by managing your volunteers properly.
First, be aware of the volunteer liabilities that may affect your organization:
- Direct liability: the organization or volunteer is liable for an action or failing to act.
- Indirect liability: the not for profit is liable for the actions of a volunteer on the organization’s behalf.
- Strict liability: the need to determine negligence isn’t necessary because responsibility for inflicting harm is automatic.
Second, help your volunteers learn the ropes of your organization before assigning tasks. Provide a training program, a complete safety handbook outlining your organization’s policies and waivers to all incoming volunteers.
The training program should:
- Welcome new volunteers to the organization and education on the history, mission statement and services provided.
- Provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities required for the position.
- Explain the organization’s policies and procedures such as reimbursement policies and sexual harassment training.
- Conduct a safety briefing that covers how the volunteer can protect him or herself and community members from danger and injury while representing the organization.
Lastly, once the volunteers complete the training program, be sure your staff members continue to monitor and manage volunteers throughout their tenure at your organization. Provide motivation to your volunteers to work hard for the community. Encourage them and praise them for giving it their all!
Have a safe and happy holiday from the ‘A’ Team!
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