Wednesday, January 5, 2011
IT’S ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER!.....yea but……..
2011 marks the European year of volunteering.
I’ve been checking out the official website. I’m still searching the site for any mention or articles on the management of volunteers. I found one titled “The Value of Volunteer Management” but I didn’t think it really explored that.
Now some will say “It’s not about Volunteer Management it’s about volunteering”. If so, they miss my point and it is this.
Wherever volunteering is discussed Volunteer management needs to be on the agenda. It exists. Its important and in many organisations it’s the difference between an effective volunteer program and one that is disorganized and unappealing.
I don’t have to spell out here the importance of effective volunteer management. In our echo chambers we are aware of this. But we so need to escape our echo chambers and talk to people who make important decisions on volunteering about volunteer management.
Why are we content to be left behind or let out of the volunteering narrative?