Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Volunteer Engagement: Fun Game to Break the Ice

Motivating a group of volunteers can be a daunting task especially if all the volunteers don't know each other.

Many Volunteer Coordinators use games or icebreakers to engage groups of volunteers. Ideally the icebreakers are simple where everyone can participate and have fun.

One simple but fun icebreaker everyone can play is called 'MovieStar'.  

To play MovieStar, volunteers are asked to re-create a famous quote from a movie. Everyone else needs to guess the name of the character and name of the movie.

For example, "You can't handle the truth!"

Answer would be: Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men. 

Bonus points for naming the actor/actress that played the part. In this case Jack Nicholson.

Almost everyone has or knows a famous line ("I'll be back", "We're not in Kansas any more") but just in case they can be provided with a list of American Film Institute's Top Movie Quotes of All Time and perform one of those quotes.

Those that perform the quote receives a prize. We recommend a Redbox Movie Rental Code from txtMovies (only $1.99 each) as prizes because they're affordable and most volunteers love watching movies. (Yes, we're very very biased!)

If you need content for your social media accounts, try recording video of your volunteers performing the quote and post it facebook and twitter giving your followers something to talk about. But of course ask for permission first!

Stay tuned for more Volunteer Enagement ideas in upcoming blog posts.

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