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Roswell High School had their last show of the musical Oklahoma! yesterday. What a production it was for everyone involved.
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Our daughter Chelle was in the musical as Aunt Eller and this is the main reason my wife and I were involved as volunteers.
While there are many other ways I could talk about being a volunteer I thought this was a great way to talk about the roles of the volunteer.
If your organization is using volunteers it is imperative on you to define roles of volunteers so everyone knows what they are doing. Most organizations that regularly use volunteers usually have a volunteer coordinator.
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Now in theater the term role came from literally an actor being given a part. No one had the entire play in the time of Shakespeare. They just had their part. This is why often their role would setup the next actor.
For the play to be successful each person needed to know their part/role.
Think of your organization like a musical to give you an idea how important it is for each person to know their part and for someone to be responsible for coordinating like the director of the show.
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If you want to see excitement on your volunteers faces like here in the scene from Oklahoma! then you need to make everyone feel like they are part of the team.
Now everyone in this musical except for the two teachers were all volunteers. The student actors could have quit at any time.
By the way very seldom does this not cross someone’s mind as a volunteer. The main reason for the thought of quitting coming up is due to communication problems, which are often rooted in poor understanding of volunteers.
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Here is a list of some suggestions for you:
- Developing ways to recognize and reward volunteer efforts
- Helping volunteers feel welcome and supported
- Developing and managing policies, procedures and standards for volunteers
- Looking after the volunteer database and records
- Planning and goal setting
- Rostering and organizing volunteers
- Delegating projects and tasks
- Managing any associated budgets and expenditure
- Communicating with people from diverse backgrounds
- Resolving conflict or managing the grievance process.
- Complaining about a volunteers work
- Ask people to volunteer and then when they show up not use them
- Make volunteers wait on you
- Don’t thank your volunteers
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