By Maria Lahiffe
Why do people volunteer? Why do they volunteer with you?
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons . For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it rewarding.
Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
It is worth asking volunteer applicants about their motivations for volunteering. Someone who is signing up in order to spend time with friends may not approach the job with the same level of professionalism as someone who is volunteering to develop career skills. It is perfectly valid to use professionalism as a screening criterion.
Which of the above motivations would make a volunteer an especially good fit for your organization? Does it depend on the program or the job description?
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