Truths About Volunteering
#30 Tell me when I’ve screwed up (privately) or when I find out the hard way I’ll hit the road.
#29 We ain’t free, so you better use us wisely.
#28 Volunteers have baggage like fear, resistance to change, blinders, and passion. Gosh, they are human!
#27 Volunteers do follow rules … if they can understand them.
#26 Do ask, don’t tell. Need to know something about volunteers or
volunteering for your association? Go to the source – the volunteer.
#25 Volunteers really don’t want us to enable bad behavior on their parts.
#24 It’s not how much you spend on recognizing me that counts.
#23 Yes, younger professionals volunteer – if you have room for them!
#22 Manuals don’t impress volunteers – they frustrate them!
#21 Leaving a sinking ship takes valor.
#20 Behind every great volunteer is a “system” and the best have a “Queen of Volunteers.”
#19 Don’t make me “ask permission from the mother ship.”
#18 Volunteer is a pay rate not a job title.
#17 To active association volunteers, volunteering is networking.
#16 The reluctant volunteer just wants to know it’s short-term.
#15 People volunteer to be part of something larger without being larger than life in that project.
#14 Non-volunteers see themselves as different from volunteers …
#13 Volunteers rock …
#12 Staff can get in the way
#11 Volunteers don’t work 9 to 5
#10 Volunteer Work is just a line item
#9 A volunteer leader who gets their real mission is inspiring the inner leader of others is one who will lift the organization.
#8 Every volunteer has her/his own reason to stepping up to the plate.
#7 Most association volunteer training is OTJ …
#6 The greater the percentage of involved members, the greater the potential recruiting power of an association.
#5 It’s not a generational preference for volunteering; it’s a generational preference for work style.
#4 Volunteering evokes both a personal and emotional investment in your association.
#3 The Board of Directors need your help.
#2 A volunteer’s needs begin very simply – to feel welcomed.
#1 Three-quarters of Americans do not volunteer. One-quarter do.
Any truths you would add?