So this morning I am pondering . .Why do some people volunteer their time while others sit by and watch? Why are some willing to help where needed and others can actually poke fun at those that are doing an act of kindness or volunteerism? " what - you don't get enough snow shoveling at home? - as one shovels the walkways at church . . . " Oh don't worry Jason will do that . ." " Oh Jason can do that" " Just ask Jason" But why? Why do these individuals not step up themselves? Why always think that someone else will? Is our time not as valuable as theirs? Do those volunteering have skills that others do not? - I could agree for some specialty things but not general things. ( ie being an EMT vs helping at a Bake Sale) Are people intimidated by volunteering, are they nervous or are they just lazy-? " Oh the Walton's will do it - they always do" This article from Volunteer Maine discusses some of the thoughts about why people Volunteer.
Wikipedia defines volunteering . . .
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
Why do people Quit volunteering . . ?
.Number 7: No flexibility in volunteer opportunities or scheduling
Number 6: Too much wasted time in useless or unproductive meetings
Number 5: Lack of communication
Number 4: Lack of professionalism
Number 3: The feeling that the volunteer is not really making a difference
Number 2: No feedback from leadership about how the volunteer is doing
And the Number 1 reason: The volunteer leader who doesn't know how to lead
So as I look at the list above, I can agree with many of the points . . . in other-wards every organization that needs volunteers must be organized like a well run business, I can totally agree and support except - that to get to that point it is a lot of volunteer hours.
I think one of my big issues is those that complain a lot about what is not happening or information that they are not getting but those same individuals are never the ones that are helpers. Step up folks, make a difference, or at least give support and thanks to those that do. But do not make fun of your volunteers, they give their time and talents to make the world a better place.