Volunteer Development

Posted: August 26, 2009 in Daily Blog
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Saturday we have invited some of the leaders in our church to attend a volunteering brain storming and strategy meeting.  One of our church members works for Compassion International as their volunteer coordinator and she is helping us get on track with a strategy for recruiting, appreciating and training volunteers, setting expectations and evaluating our volunteer needs.  This couldn’t come at a better time because as we have grown we cannot support the newcomers, meet needs in the community, and take care of everything we need to, without other people involved and plugged in.

Being sure we know what we are asking, we all know what is expected, and understand how we all fit into the organization is an important part for any organization, but crucial in a growing church.  Even though it is going to be a long meeting, I know the benefit we will reap, not to mention how this will help others, will be well worth while!

Have you ever volunteered in an organization or church?  What would you say worked or didn’t work where you currently or previously volunteered?  what motivates you to volunteer?

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  1. Nita Hancock says:

    I started my volunteering in church when I was old enough to work in the nursery. Some think I may have volunteered too much, because missed a lot of sermons, however, the need was great and the volunteers were few.
    Later on in life, when I started my college career, I volunteered in one of the largest and very renowned hospitals in Denver, working in the emergency room. After graduation, I continued my volunteer work in addition to my job as a nurse, in the hospital.
    Then about 13 years ago we were plugged into a church where we volunteered wherever we were needed, however, later we realized that no matter where we volumteered, we were not appreciated, and in fact now, looking back we can actually laugh because Randy was “fired” from one of his volunteer positions.
    We didn’t let that deter us, most recently, we have again put our best foot forward and are again very involved in the “volunteering” department. This time, we are including our kids, hopefully to teach them the importance of ones time. A good example is serving dinner at the Rescue Mission. My personal philosophy is this: help where help is needed, because there is ALWAYS someone, somewhere, that is worse off than you, and it feels GREAT to give of my time and or talents.

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