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Why We Love Mobile Messaging For Motivating Volunteers

In a recent Huffington Post article, Nina Golgowski covered the bizarre and almost unbelievable story of Joaquin Garcia, a Spanish man who unbeknownst to his employer, stayed home from work for 6 years while still collecting his regular paycheck. Ms. Golgowski is an Associate Editor and Trends reporter at The Huffington Post.

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Trending News Nina | Golgowski | Huffington Post | 02/15/2016

Man Skipped Work For 6 Years And No One Noticed Until He Won An Award

For six years, a building supervisor in Spain quietly collected a $41,500 salary from his local government without showing up for work.

And he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for him getting an award for his 20 years of loyal service.

Garcia’s attorney, speaking on his behalf, reportedly blamed bullying at his workplace for his absence. He also said there was no work to do.

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Insider Outlook | Chad Elbert | MobileCause SVP Sales and Marketing

Motivating Volunteers To Give Their All At Your Next Event

Unlike Joaquin Garcia’s employer, we’re certain that any nonprofit who typically spends a great deal of time and effort engaging and motivating volunteers would definitely notice any no-shows at their big event. Whether they’re assigned to set up tables, register attendees or capture in-person donation pledges, motivating volunteers is one of the most critical factors determining whether or not your event is successful. Here’s what you can do to ensure the best outcome:

Before: Text supporters a link to a mobile-friendly sign-up form to match their skills, what they want to do and your organization’s needs, then follow-up with updates in the days leading up to your event with any important information you need them to know.

During: Train your volunteers to help event attendees make mobile pledges using a keyword and shortcode. By becoming part of the event’s exciting moment of giving, your volunteers will play a big part in keeping the momentum going and donations growing.

After: Show your appreciation for a job well done by sending your volunteers a thank you video via text message and follow up with regular text updates on your mission’s progress to keep them engaged and motivated to help your organization with future events.

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