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Leaving Volunteers Fulfilled - July 2012 Update

Do your volunteers leave feeling fulfilled?

I used to think that people served because they thought they were needed. However, over the years, I have come to the conclusion that there are many things driving volunteers. Based on these driving forces, here are a few things l keep in mind:

  • Have I asked the Lord for the right volunteers? Skilled HRM volunteer
  • When the volunteers arrive at the worksite, have they had the opportunity to meet the homeowner or nonprofit staff we’re serving?
  • Am I ready to make assignments and have them start as soon as we kickoff the day with a short devotion and prayer?
  • Are the needed tools and materials on site?
  • Is the project laid out so there isn’t any down time while someone figures out how/where it goes?
  • Are the needed skills available so I’m not asking people to do things that are beyond their capacity or beneath them (though a reasonable challenge is acceptable, we don’t recruit certain skilled carpenters to paint or do yard work)?
  • Have I planned to break up a large project into multiple days so as not to go too late in one day (unless they expect to go longer than usual)?
  • When the volunteers leave at the end of the serving day, do they feel like their time was invested well (with little standing around), that the “client” was “truly needy”, and though tired, feel like they want to do this again?

HRM Group shotI let the thoughts above shape whom we serve, what size and type of project we tackle, who we recruit, and I try to project how I would feel as a volunteer on the project. Lastly, when a project blows up in your face due to circumstances you cannot control, handle the situation with a smile to your volunteers, learn from it and move on to the next opportunity with a positive outlook. We live in a fallen world and Jesus is coming to restore God’s Kingdom to perfection unstained by sin – it is why He died! “. . . in this world you will have tribulation, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 quoting Jesus.

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