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America Needs You Volunteer Recruitment Toolkit

We all know the power of networks! If you are interested in supporting our volunteer recruitment efforts, please check out our resources below and help us spread the word. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to volunteers@americaneedsyou.org 

Purpose of this Toolkit

To introduce individuals and companies to America Needs You and help recruit volunteers. It is crucial to provide first-generation college students with access to career readiness training and bridge the network gap to ensure tomorrow’s leaders reflect the true diversity of our country.

How You Can Help

  • Sign up as a single day volunteer at an upcoming in-person or virtual event.
  • Share your ANY experience with others – we have email templates below you can customize!
  • Recruit a friend, family member, or colleague to be a Mentor Coach or single day volunteer.
  • Share flyers through emails with colleagues, neighbors (e.g., neighborhood association email blast), friends, and/or civic groups. We have provided several options below, but you can always email volunteers@americaneedsyou.org for unique email templates or printable flyers.
  • Send volunteer recruitment ideas (individuals, organizations) or funding ideas to ANY staff at volunteers@americaneedsyou.org.
  • Invite ANY to make a 5–20-minute virtual or in-person presentation to your workplace or community organization.
  • Follow and tag @americaneedsyou on social media and use hashtags #mentorshipmatters and #AmericaNeedsYou
  • Add America Needs You as a volunteer activity on your LinkedIn profile: Click “Edit Profile,” “Add Section,” and select “Volunteer Experience.” When you type “America Needs You,” LinkedIn will find our Company Page.
  • Share information from our website, like our latest newsletter.

Flyers

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Email Templates

Friend/Colleague Email Template  

Hi [Name], 

I hope you are doing well! I am a volunteer with America Needs You, a non-profit that fights for economic mobility for ambitious first-generation college students. We do this through our Fellows Program, an intensive 2-year career development program that provides mentorship and career readiness workshops to students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.

We are looking for volunteers in NYC, New Jersey, Chicago, and LA to become Mentor Coaches in our 2023 cohort, working 1:1 with a first-generation college student at one Saturday workshop a month throughout their sophomore and junior years.  

[Explain why you’re emailing, if there’s a reason, e.g., I know you have a passion for education, and this is a great way to make a big difference in a first-generation student’s life]  

Benefits of being a Mentor Coach:  

  • Professional Development  
  • Networking 
  • Relationship Building 
  • Personal Fulfillment 
  • Holistically Enriching Experience  


[Give personal details about your own experience, e.g. My Fellow is a xx major, we’ve worked together on xx]
 

I highly encourage you to apply here or attend an upcoming information session to learn more. You can reach out to volunteers@americaneedsyou.org with any questions.  

Many thanks, 

[Name] 

Partner Organization E-Mail Template  

Hi [Name], 

I hope you are well. I am a volunteer with America Needs You, a non-profit that fights for economic mobility for ambitious first-generation college students. We do this through our Fellows Program, an intensive 2-year career development program that provides mentorship and career readiness workshops to students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.

[Explain why you’re emailing, if there’s a reason eg. I know your organization values volunteerism and community involvement, or I know you have been looking for ways to support the community.]  

 For the upcoming program year, we will need volunteer Mentor Coaches in NYC, New Jersey, LA, and Chicago. The impact is significant, with 90% of our Fellows completing career trajectory internships and 91% of Fellows graduating from college, compared to just 21% of first-generation college students nationally.

I would be delighted to speak further about how we might work with [your group] should this be of interest to [your employees/members, etc]. Please reach out to me at [email address] or let me know if I can introduce you to someone on the America Needs You team.  

Best, 
[Name] 

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