There’s no doubt about it — running a booster club takes a lot of effort from dedicated volunteers. When booster club parents become disengaged, it can bring the organization to a screeching halt.
It can be a lot to ask of parents to take time out of their busy days to volunteer, and sometimes there will simply be lulls where volunteers are in short supply. If your current practices aren’t working to increase engagement, you may have to change up your strategy and think outside of the box.
One of the most common reasons parents don’t volunteer for booster club events is simple: they don’t know about them! Emails and newsletters often get lost in the shuffle, so you may have to take a more active role in spreading the word to booster club volunteers.
Send individual texts, or even call volunteers to ask if they’ve heard about the volunteering opportunity. Sometimes all it takes is an extra reminder to get booster club members to sign up.
If you have just a couple of engaged parents, you can even assign them the role of contacting individual volunteers. You may also want to try a phone tree approach where parents are responsible for passing along the message of the volunteer opportunity.
The screen layout of the BoosterHub app itself is specifically designed to boost engagement: the Volunteer button is right next to where members are looking when they check the Calendar for events and when they answer chat and email messages.
Make It Fun!
Taking time out of busy schedules can already be difficult for some club members. Don’t make it worse by planning boring, time-consuming, or laborious fundraisers. Try to get creative with your events and make them something that people will look forward to. A few fun ideas include:
A dance marathon
A kids’ camp
A cooking class
A restaurant night
A school carnival
A reverse raffle
A BBQ night
A pumpkin patch
Events that incorporate kids can be particularly effective for increasing volunteer engagement. If parents can find an activity that their kids want to enjoy and the parents can volunteer for the club at the same time, that’s a win-win for everyone.
Aside from events, it can be a challenge to get parents to volunteer for the organizational element of the booster club. Try to make meetings and planning sessions a bit more tolerable by providing modest catering or some drinks, and make sure to plan the sessions at convenient times.
Another effective way to get club members more involved is to crowdsource planning or fundraiser ideas. One person does not always have to be the decision-maker and planner. If you are having difficulty getting members to show up to meetings at a specific time, send a group calendar poll to see what time works better.
You can also crowdsource ideas for fundraisers so that the parents and members feel like they are more involved and have something at stake. Even the simple act of voting for an idea in a poll tends to get volunteers more active.
Getting booster club members more engaged is not always easy, but persistence pays, and with a few creative ideas, you can make your club a success.
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What Is the Best App for Booster Clubs?
Almost everyone uses apps on a daily basis to navigate, communicate, transact, and more. In many ways, apps can make life easier and more convenient. Booster club software, along with a mobile app, can do the same for your organization. An app can simplify day-to-day management, improve communication, and make your life easier, all in one location.
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What Is the Best Booster Club Software?
If you are looking to improve your booster club’s performance and get more out of your volunteer hours, booster club software is a great solution. BoosterHub is the only software and mobile app designed specifically for booster clubs. While some other apps offer services that booster clubs can use, they are not specialized and don’t consider booster clubs' specific needs.