Introductory

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    Consult this list for ideas on recruiting VISTAs (or new volunteers).
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    Order VISTA shirts and other items from the official provider for CNCS.
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    Access a wide collection of informational and learning resources related to national and community service.
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    Use this tip sheet to apply effective interview techniques, such as asking open-ended questions to uncover volunteer motivations, when screening and placing volunteers at your site.
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    Adapt questions from this template when preparing to interview VISTA candidates for your open positions. These questions are generalized and relate to VISTA-specific aspects of an interview.
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    Find resources to support your member recruitment and training efforts. This page provides field-generated resources on recruitment and placement, orientation, supervision, training and development, and transitioning members as their assignments wind down.
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    Use this resource to provide exiting members a creative reflection activity that will help them recognize their accomplishments. Your program can use the results in reporting and program marketing.
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    Brainstorm the reasons why people volunteer and what it takes for them to become champions for your program.
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    Take this tutorial to make the most of time, logistics, and people in your volunteer project planning.
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    Build a program that utilizes and supports student volunteer leaders. This tutorial offers best practices and and resources for recruiting, actuating, and retaining college students.

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