Nonprofits no longer have the monopoly on solving issues. What can business teach us about our current volunteering model?
I think we, volunteer managers tend to deny our negative feelings because we’re always “on.” We’re looked at as cheerful people with can-do attitudes and we don’t think we can have bad days. But we can. Because we’re human and our human-ness is what makes us so darned effective.
We, leaders of volunteers (#LoVols) have shared experiences, shared hopes, shared challenges and a shared future. We are a family, …
we can’t say no-which creates a loop in which we never get anything done or we have the best of intentions- but the road to the volunteer apocalypse is paved with good intentions
Picture a student, late at night, phone in hand, swiping through ads that will fulfill their desire to be a change maker. Or a senior, recently widowed, searching in the still morning for something that will add meaning to a bruised soul
The visionary approach is to offer the impact of volunteer involvement and remove the objections to it.
Volunteers are wonderful people who develop into effective volunteers through strategic investment. That’s what #LoVols do all day.
Why is the work #LoVols do so misunderstood? Let’s explain it.
Q: “Wow, managing volunteers, that must be really easy, right, I mean how hard could that be?