What Makes a Great Summer Project?

This long weekend has us thinking ahead to summer.

Do you have a project or something on your To-Do list you’d like to complete? Have you considered involving a volunteer? Volunteers who choose projects tend to want to use their skills and they are looking for something short-term and flexible. How can you identify the best projects for volunteers this summer? Here are four tips to help you decide:

The best projects have specific timelines. They have a clear beginning and an end. This allows a volunteer to have ownership over their work. They can plan for the time they need to commit to the project, making success and completion more likely.

Great projects are skill specific and help volunteers to “see themselves” in your project because you have thoughtfully outlined the expertise and experience required.

Projects are often virtual. This gives volunteers the flexibility and freedom to complete their tasks on their own schedule.

Lastly, great projects have clear objectives and deliverables. Volunteers feel connected and satisfied when they can see the impact of their work. Be sure to make a clear link to your organization/program mission or outcomes.

Happy project hunting!

~ Janet

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Propellus is a non-profit organization that has been empowering organizations since 1955. Through a dynamic range of consulting, training and member services, it helps organizations envision and realize new paths, practices and possibilities. Propellus guides, mentors and educates clients, arming them with tools and resources to help boost organizational effectiveness. Propellus strengthens organizations; in doing so, it leads the way toward building thriving communities.
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