You can terminate your volunteers who are temporarily inactive. And then restart them after they recover. That way you can use your Match button in Jobs to find potential volunteers for specific skills. The Match button only searches on skills but does not recognize any custom codes, e.g., for active/inactive.
There are various potential uses for tracking terminated volunteers. One is to keep sending them newsletters even though they will no longer be able to volunteer. Another is to maintain new applicants without cluttering up the active volunteers database or skewing the volunteers-to-hours ratio.
Version 5.9: To terminate a volunteer, find the Volunteer | Dates & Info tab | Edit | click the Terminate button | Termination Cause. Be sure to give the volunteer a Termination Cause, perhaps "Temporary" or "health problems." Be consistent so that you can filter on that value for mailing labels.
Version 6.0: To terminate a volunteer, on the Profile tab click Edit Volunteer. Enter a Terminated date. Be sure to give the volunteer a Termination Cause, perhaps "Temporary" or "health problems." Be consistent so that you can filter on that value for mailing labels.
If you need to add categories to the Termination Causes, click on File menu | Field Lists | Volunteer Fields | Termination Cause.
Click the Edit List button | Add | and type a new category | OK. If the Volunteers screen is open you need to close and reopen it to see the new value.
* If you click Restart, the new starting date will mean that a person's Years of Service will reflect only the time he or she has been an active volunteer, subtracting the time of absence.
** If you click Edit Dates, removing the Stopped date results in the volunteer resuming as if he or she never left. This way computes as if the volunteer's Lifetime Hours are continual since the original starting date.
You can still send your newsletter to volunteers who are out on medical leave by using a filter for your mailing labels. This method also avoids sending letters to those who are known to be deceased.
Now you can use that filter to do a separate batch of Mailing Labels to terminated volunteers.