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feeling that your organization is disorganized or
making a difference. I've also walked away
inconsiderate. According to thebalance.com, a lack
from volunteer opportunities outside of the
of communication is one of the biggest reasons
Greyhound world when the time commitment
volunteers become dissatisfied.
became too great and the "thank yous" too few
E - Volunteering should be easy - easy to sign
and far between. And, I'll admit, I'm guilty of not
up, easy to get there, and easy to get the job done.
communicating as often as I should sometimes
Provide a variety of opportunities that take varying
when it comes to volunteers I work with.
lengths of time. Provide opportunities for everyone,
from professionals to families and retirees.
R - They want recognition. Being thanked,
What about you? What motivates your
volunteers? Are they happy? Are there things you
could be doing to make their volunteer experience
appreciated, and celebrated goes a long way! Don't
a better one? I know I appreciate each person who
overlook the simple ways to say thanks, such as
volunteers on Celebrating Greyhounds Magazine,
mailing a handwritten thank you note or taking a
from the copy editors to the production proofers
group of volunteers to lunch.
and section editors. This magazine wouldn't exist
S - They need social opportunities, like making
without them, much as many Greyhound adoption
new friends and working on a team. Welcome new
groups can't survive without volunteers. So from
volunteers by introducing them around - don't
the bottom of my heart, to volunteers everywhere,
ever let them feel uncomfortable or out of place.
I say, "Thank you for a job well done!" and to the
Younger volunteers, especially, enjoy volunteering
adoption groups out there, remember, volunteers
as a group.
are GIVERS. Let's do our part to keep them giving,
Many of those points resonated with me
personally. I like the social opportunities
volunteering provides, and I like to know I'm
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