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Ideas for Using Non-Advocate Volunteers to Build Capacity in CASA/GAL Programs

National CASA’s 2008 Technical Assistance Bulletin of this title suggests myriad ways to foster volunteers’ further involvement in the organization as board members, legislative advocates, fundraisers, administrative supporters, etc. The document describes the benefits of using non-advocate volunteers and provides tips on screening, supervision, training, cultivation and retention of these supporters. It also offers ideas for partnering with other organizations. Sample potential volunteer activities from the bulletin include:

• Writing/laying out/editing/distributing a program newsletter

• Designing a website/maintaining current information on a website

• Recruiting volunteers via public speaking, staffing tables at events, talking to friends

• Providing data entry services

• Inviting CASA staff to present a program to their community or civic group

• Getting CASA information out in their workplace via e-newsletters, posters, brochures in pay envelopes

• Getting CASA information out in their faith community via bulletin or newsletter inserts; speaking to small groups with a mission focus; speaking during worship; hanging posters; requesting a donation

• Organizing or selling tickets to a fundraiser

• Contacting businesses for in-kind donations: food, prizes in connection with a special event or for volunteer recognition, office supplies

• Presenting an in-service training workshop on a topic about which they have professional expertise

• Connecting CASA staff to potential donors or foundations

• Making their home or workplace available to the CASA program for training, volunteer recognition, special events

• Writing thank-you notes for donations or after a special event

• Serving on governing boards, advisory councils or committees


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