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Home : Volunteer Connect : Resources : Working with Volunteers

Working with Volunteers

Providing a positive environment in which your volunteers work and grow will result in volunteer and membership retention. When working with volunteers, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • Treat each volunteer as an equal, vital member of your team.
  • Try to place volunteers in jobs that best suit their talents and expertise.
  • Don’t make unrealistic demands on the volunteer’s time.
  • Give positive feedback when appropriate.
  • Encourage humor.
  • Listen for excuses of why work isn’t done. It may be a way of saying “get me out of this job.” If that’s the case, try assigning that person a different task.
  • Accept that each volunteer has a different reason for participating.


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