As the coordinator of an all-volunteer teaching staff, a large and fantastic part of my job is volunteer support. I don’t know how I ended up with such great people, and I hope they stay forever. I write this in hopes that more volunteers will contribute the way mine do.
I’d like to put it out there for whomever is listening that the most effective volunteers are not the ones who arrive with their own agenda.
Super-effective volunteers have their eyes and ears open to the needs of the organization. When something comes up and they have the ability to help with it, they speak up and dive in.
And you know, any help is help. Coming in and telling me exactly what you’d like to do is something, and I’m as grateful as I should be and I try hard to work with you.
But take a step back and think how amazing it is when a program realizes it needs something, asks for someone to do it… and then someone does it.
And now think about how well a volunteer gets to know the organization by helping where it’s needed. Think what a great position this puts the volunteer in to make suggestions, push for change, and bring a relevant and mutually beneficial to-do list to the table.
Are you that kind of volunteer?