This is a problem for both the volunteers and for the organizations. Most not-for-profits that serve the public--such as museums, food access, healthcare access--can better spend their money on their services by using volunteers. Retention of volunteers is generally by team building and making each volunteer feel needed. 'Your day' is Tuesday and it is the time when you will see Dan, Barbara, Carole and Sam. Every couple of weeks you get together after 'shift' with some or all of your team members for a purely social gathering for lunch or dinner or to go shopping or whatever. If you don't appear, you are letting down your fellow team members. Loyalty to the team and the institution is built.@roflwofl wrote:
. . . I learned, like cease, that the volunteer organizations have time and service demands that exceeded my ability to volunteer, not so much because of time available but because they demanded specific times and specific days.