Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Use ‘em or Lose ‘em –
Do You Know the Value of Your Volunteers?

What would a nonprofit organization do if there were no volunteers? Recently I learned that one long established group was being disbanded for lack of volunteers – or should I say volunteers who didn’t want to take the responsibility of the open positions.

Talk to your volunteers! Find out if they are happy doing what they have been doing so well! If they are NOT happy, give them a choice. There is a job for everyone – wouldn’t it be better to have a happy volunteer doing something different than one who is going to burn out if they have to do that task one more time?

The word ‘happy’ appeared three times in the last paragraph – that’s how important it is! The organization will win every time if they keep their volunteers in that wonderful state of HAPPY!

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