Working on a virtual volunteering project doesn't have to be scary! Here are a few tips to help you collaborate effectively and build a relationship with an organization:
1. Schedule a kick-off call and standing check-ins to discuss the status of your project.
As soon as you match on a project, schedule a kick-off call with your organization to establish a project timeline and get to know one another. Once you've begun your work together, place a standing meeting on both of your calendars to ensure the project keeps moving forward.
Tip: Always send a meeting agenda at least 24 hours in advance - it will help you stay on track and use your meeting time most effectively!
2. Utilize video conferencing and screen sharing to build rapport.
Face-to-face communication can help you bond with your organization, establish trust, and communicate more clearly. Utilizing video conferencing tools allows you to share your screen, present information, and exchange feedback on deliverables.
3. Use shared folders and documents to organization information and give feedback.
Emailing documents back and forth can get messy, fast. Instead, use shared folders to organize information and track changes on any written documents. To start, ask your organization to send you a folder with background information you'll need to begin work on your project.
4. Reach out for support if needed!
Sometimes you just need another set of eyes in solving your problem! Look no further - Catchafire is here to help. If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming or current project, feel free to contact us using the blue chat bubble on the bottom-right of your screen.
We've also created a Catchafire Volunteer Slack Community for sharing and receiving support from fellow volunteers on the site! Click here to join.