IDEA TWO: Now this takes place after your event, but can be a great start to the following year. Send out a survey to all participants to get their opinion about your event. This doesn’t recruit volunteers but makes participants engaged with the management of your event. The last question of your survey should be, “would you like to volunteer for next year’s event?” With the energy you created with the success of your event, watch the number of people that offer to help in the future.
IDEA THREE: Email your participants. Not the week of the event and not the week after the event. Part of your off-season communication plan should include a call-to-action request for volunteers. You can qualify them later, but during the winter months when people haven’t planned their summers, now is the time to get on their calendar to support your cause.