Most of us didn’t seek out volunteer management because we loved it, but stumbled into volunteer management and fell in love with the work.
My organization developed a solid volunteer strategy. One volunteer even referred to it as a rescue team of angels who …
I was des-per-ate for any able-bodied human to help me on the box truck I would borrow to pick up donated furniture…
If headlines really told the story.
Collaborative volunteering takes away the sizing up of a potential volunteer to see if they would fit into our little mold.
Nurturing resilience is a gift to your future self. It doesn’t matter if change is upheaval or small, it upsets the status quo and we can nurture a “change is not the end of the world” mindset, so that when changes occur, volunteers are prepared to work through them.
Because volunteer resilience is key to not only surviving major disruptions, but key to surviving and thriving during more minor disruptions, we are knee-deep in encouraging resilience. Nurturing volunteer resilience is necessary, regardless of a pandemic or a change in policy.
We invest in people. But we don’t often measure our investment’s growth. We’re too overwhelmed with daily work to stop and take stock of our positive influence on volunteers and our missions.
Some of the cards I received included timely messages about the organization’s work. I find that more engaging than a simple signature. But a message to me as an active volunteer when I’m not, is tone-deaf.
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.