Giving back to the community is important for many reasons, as it shares valuable skills to build a better society. It is not just about the task, it is about participation, succession and mentoring.
The work involved as a volunteer, I believe, should be treated with the same professionalism as your main occupation. A true volunteer is as committed to the task as a paid staff member, the difference comes in the motivation behind the activity. What many people call volunteer service is just casual labour without conviction of purpose.
“What’s in it for me” should not appear in the mindset of a volunteer especially as the leader.
So what motivates and empowers true volunteer-ism?
- Vision – clearly articulated
- Enabling leadership
- A clear strategy
- Clear communication
- The right resources
- Shared values
- Community purpose
It is not about personal recognition for the job that is done, it is about the fact that the job is done… BUT take note… If you as the leader do not take quality time to thank and acknowledge volunteers (personally) you will de-motivate them and discredit your organisation. Never take your volunteers for granted, a person who volunteers as a servant is not a slave.
Am I involved in this, absolutely, at various levels from national committee to local support and service groups. I get great satisfaction from knowing that people have been helped by the work I do as part of community organisation.
My challenge to you is to get involved where ever you can.