I’ve mistakenly done all of it. It was easy to do when I was swamped, struggling and in need of that awesome volunteer who patted me on the head and told me everything was ok.
Experiential learning teaches us to apply knowledge from doing. It forces us to experiment until we get things right.
I’ve had volunteers who stole, volunteers who pushed an agenda, volunteers who wanted to take over and volunteers who were just mean. I’ve also had volunteers who messed up royally because they did something nice, but so misplaced that it caused real harm.
To reframe volunteer engagement and impact, we first need listeners who become supporters who then become advocates for our vision. Our reputation needs to reflect our self-identity as leaders of volunteers.
Unlike HR folks, who contend with active staff, volunteer managers are tethered to every volunteer, whether they are actively volunteering or they’re rotating in the periphery.
Are organizations V2O friendly or are we more like a V-mart where we offer a “take it or leave it” engagement experience?
As we move into a new reality, this is an ideal time to survey volunteers and sort through their thoughts …
We are proud of our profession. We are proud of volunteer contributions and of our crucial role in shaping volunteerism. …