Last week, I was chatting with a client’s communications
chair about the chapter’s monthly e-letter. The last two weeks had been
horrendous for her at work so the e-letter had been delayed. I offered my help
and told her that if it was getting too much, please let us know. The last
thing we want is for our volunteers to get too overwhelmed trying to juggle between
volunteer duties and their day jobs. She, however, while appreciative of the flexibility,
was determined to get it done.
Knowing the power of stories, ASAE’s Executive Management Section Council (EMSC) – of which I am current chair – launched a project last year to gather and share the stories of how association’s are rebuilding the volunteer spirit. We just wrapped up the project with the sixth and final webinar last week.
Beginning with a series of conversation in early 2013 through a session at #ASAE13 and then in the six webinars, we shed the
light on associations who dared to reimagine volunteering.
Psst – it’s National Volunteer Week. Yep it started on Sunday, April 10. It runs all week. Not that you’d notice in the association world. But turn to the c3 world and it’s a different story. Even the White House took time to notice … as it fought the budget battle.
So what’s up with associations? Don’t we get volunteers?
It is so unpleasant. But I noted in a recent post, it is more unpleasant to live with the consequences of not firing – or at least addressing – a poor-performing volunteer.
I did in fact have to fire a volunteer. In most cases I have been able to work around the situation with some counseling and shifting of positions. But there came the day, where firing was the best option. I followed the basic HR recommendations:
Did #NVW17 sneak up on you? There’s still time to act. Below are a few last-minute ideas. A week recognizing volunteers is nice but really showing #VolunteerLove means a commitment to your volunteers all 52 weeks a year.
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