To our members - VO will continue to serve our members during this difficult time to ensure you receive the resources, support and volunteers you need. We are monitoring the situation and will advise members of any developments affecting their operations and volunteer management. Please see our Members COVID-19 Update for resources and additional information which will be updated as the situation unfolds.
To volunteers – Thank you for your care and support for our community. At this time priority should be to take all precautions to stay safe. If you are 65 and over, it is advised that you stay home. Others for whom it is safe to volunteer, continue to check VO's website for opportunities. Please see our COVID-19 Volunteer Update for resources and additional information.
by Maria Lahiffe
Your volunteers are key to what you do. Make sure you let them know this, every chance you get. One of your first opportunities is the welcome letter in your volunteer handbook. The welcome letter is your earliest “opportunity to create an inviting environment for your volunteers and to explain their critical role in the fulfillment of your mission.” 
A volunteer welcome letter serves the following functions: 
Here are some tips to write a great welcome letter: 
Here are some sample welcome letters to give you some more ideas:
Come to our upcoming workshop to learn more about what goes into a high-quality volunteer handbook.
Click here to register Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Want to learn more? Come to an upcoming workshop.
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