Articles and excerpts on this subject
- A Few Pointers On the Unpleasant Topic of Firing Volunteers by Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Ph.D.
- Be Directive from Well Centered
- Beginning with Day One from Library Volunteers
- Dealing with Difficult Drop-In Volunteers (Q&A with Steve McCurley on Energize Book Blog)
- Firing a Volunteer, by Jay Hostetler, Children's Ministry
- Firing a Volunteer (firefighter perspective) on VolunteerFD.org
- Greetings and Communications from YACV Manual
- Keep Those Volunteers Around: Chapter Three from Keep Those Volunteers Around
- Maintaining Communication Linkages from Volunteer Management
- Eight Myths About Difficult Volunteers, from the book New Competencies for Volunteer Administrators
- Older Volunteers/Aging in Place, from What We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers
- Providing a Sense of Control to Volunteers from Keeping Volunteers: A Guide to Retention
- Reprimanding, from Handling Problem Volunteers
- Self-Evaluation in the Supervision of Volunteers: Three Helpful Questions, by Sarah H. Elliston, from Volunteering magazine, March 1999
- A Volunteer Needs a Good Reason for Doing the Task, from Volunteers: How to Get Them, How to Keep Them
- When to Fire a Volunteer, by John Carroll
- Who Supervises? from Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs
Free electronic books on this subject
a Better Supervisor: A Resource Guide for Community Service Supervisors
(full PDF or download in 10 sections)
Developed by the National Service Resource Center to help front-line supervisors in all kinds of community service programs. The guide was drawn from three major sources of information: a comprehensive needs assessment; views of supervisors who participated in Supervisory Skills Workshops; and literature of specialists in the fields of supervision, management, and community participation.
Websites with information on this subject
Building Skills to Supervise Volunteers
Presentation by Amy Mayfield at the 2000 International Conservation Science and Stewardship Conference (PowerPoint slides).
Excellent site from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for universal information on many volunteer management topics -- scroll down page for the lengthy section on "Volunteer Supervision," and stop for other topics along the way.
Virtual Interactive Appendix to What We Learned (the Hard Way!) about Supervising Volunteers (And add your own success stories to it!)
Volunteering England’s Best Practice Section on Support and Supervision
A variety of practical articles, links and sample materials.
Board - Mentor Support and Supervision
Practical tips from this British program, applicable to all sorts of volunteer work.
Online training for individuals, organizations or corporations to work successfully with volunteers. Learn more