Things I’ve learned about volunteer recruitment:
1.) Volunteers have very specific ideas about what they want to do, and trying to make them do something that does not fit within that very narrow guideline is almost impossible, which brings me to point
2.), which is that volunteering is, for most people, less about the organization they are ‘helping’ and more about themselves. Therefore, it may come as little surprise that
3.) the best volunteers are friends and family.
So the next time you feel like volunteering, why not try asking the organization what they actually need instead of immediately imposing your own idea of what they need on them? This public service announcement is in no way intended to discourage people from volunteering in any capacity. It is ALWAYS better to volunteer than to not volunteer.