Monday, November 22, 2010

The Value of Volunteers

Do you know the value of your volunteers? Being a volunteer across a number of organisations myself, as well as in NFP executive roles, I have the priviledge of working with volunteers who bring a wide variety of skills and talents.  So who is a volunteer?

From: Volunteering Australia
Definition of formal volunteering

Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place through not for profit organisations or projects and is undertaken:

• to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer;

• of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion;

• for no financial payment; and

• in designated volunteer positions only.
working together

Principles of Volunteering

• Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer;

• Volunteer work is unpaid;

• Volunteering is always a matter of choice;

• Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances;

• Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community;

• Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs;

• Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only;

• Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work;

• Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers;

• Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others; and

• Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.
Can I encourage your organisation to take the time to say THANK YOU to your volunteers.  Maybe even surprise them with a special morning tea to celebrate their contribution over the past year.
Volunteering can be a wonderful, rewarding part of your life journey.
Enjoy life - your were born for this time!


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