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4. Involve the Entire Family With the action-packed schedules so common for today's families, it's tough to convince parent volunteers to trade in the hours they could be spending with their kids to plan a fundraiser, instead. The solution: turn the fundraiser into family time! Come up with specific roles that kids can independently take on—passing out fliers, making posters, selling raffle tickets, etc so that both parents and kids can help out together.

5. Work with Working Parents Another reason it's difficult to spark interest in volunteering is the prevalence of parents working full-time. When they're spending 40 plus hours at the office per week, parents may be hesitant to step up to volunteer—much less find a time to work volunteering into their schedules. Make it simple for them: come up with tasks that people can do on their own time, create roles that have differing levels of time commitments, and cut down on the required meetings that volunteers must attend.

6. Say Thanks! It's not necessary to give volunteers expensive or elaborate gifts—a simple and heartfelt "thank you" card will mean the most. If you can, take a photo of the entire group of volunteers together and turn them into cards. You can get multiple prints of the picture and paste them onto the front of blank cards, or take advantage of one of the many online companies, like shutterfly.com, that will create snazzy-looking photo cards for you. Volunteers will be grateful to see their generosity recognized—and they'll be more eager to volunteer for future fundraisers!

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