Understanding what motivates volunteers in their words
Inspired by a recent blog post from Manchester Community Centre We want to unpack some of the ideas around motivating volunteers through volunteers themselves so we’ve asked a few to let us know their thoughts:
Often times we read articles about connecting people to the impact they are having – this can often be hard, especially when we are faced with multi-layer organisations, this quote from a volunteer for a Nicaraguan orphanage describes the connection felt to the impact on the children’s lives as well as the motivation behind choosing to spend your own money to go and spend a week digging in the mud!
Another area that is regularly covered is looking at volunteering because you have benefited from these organisations previously or currently. Programmes such as Time- banking have been created as mechanism for encouraging volunteering as a recognition of the positive impact that volunteering has on the mental health of those that society has often left behind – the Archer Project has some great examples of this .
Other times, it’s people that have previously benefited, they know the difference it has made to them and want to provide that opportunity to others.
Motivating volunteers is often around finding the right motivation, skills fit and sometimes this can be for some a time limited option. Many organisations can sometimes fall into the trap of the same team being in place.
Interested in learning more about volunteer motivation then take a look at these links
- 10 tips for motivating volunteers
- volunteer motivation
- A short guide to volunteer management
- Volunteer Now have a resource on volunteer management
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