Superheroes Wear Capes…and Volunteer Shirts

Kayla Crawford Volunteers

As everyone prepares for an off-site event by making sure everything is packed and group members are ready to go, it can be hard to think about all the behind-the-scenes stuff going on that makes an event the amazing experience that it is. This is especially true for those hardworking, helpful, unpaid volunteers; the people who put in so much …

Do Something Amazing – Be a Volunteer

Paul Weber Volunteers

The Webster dictionary defines a volunteer this way: “one who offers to enter into any service of his own free will.” All churches are in great need of this type of person, one who chooses to help, because they have a desire to carry out a need or task. In his book, entitled A Spirit-Empowered Church, Alton Garrison encourages people to …

Volunteer Leading

Jeffery Gosnell Volunteers

Recently I was volun-drafted to become a Cub Scout den leader. It basically came down to either I lead it, or there wouldn’t be a den for my son. Today, I enjoy the role. However, seven months ago, that wasn’t case. At that time, our den meetings had fallen into the same repetitive pattern week-after-week. Frankly, I was bored, and …

Retaining Volunteers

Ashley Haschemeyer Volunteers

We’ve all heard and used the quote, “Many hands make light work.” If you’ve ever taken on a volunteer project, you know how true these words are. The struggle we all face is how to get and KEEP all of the hands. We all have so much going on in our lives everyday, and there are a plethora of volunteer …

“I appreciate you!”

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership, Volunteers

There are a number of great ideas out there to show people how much you appreciate their help. I think one of the most important gifts you can give is to be attentive and LISTEN. Not just with your ears, and not just when you ask something … really listen for those creative ideas and suggestions, as well as challenges. …

How do you train your volunteers?

Ashley Haschemeyer Volunteers

Your volunteers probably have lots of options of how to utilize their time, so if they’re going to dedicate that time to you, it’s your duty to make sure it’s worth their while. Training your volunteers shows them that you trust them and that their contributions are valuable and necessary to your organization. You will also find that volunteers appreciate …

TEAM Effort

Mary Ryan Leadership, Volunteers

As a former bank branch manager, volleyball coach, and a mother of three, I have come to realize the importance of showing and communicating value to individuals within a ‘team.’ Unfortunately, it is not always easy making decisions as to what is best for the TEAM, but understanding the importance of building a team to accomplish goals together is very …

Honoring your Team

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership, Volunteers

Hope Gate wouldn’t exist without volunteers. There is not a piece of our system and network that wasn’t constructed without the assistance of volunteers and people who genuinely believe in our mission. I am thankful for their contribution and especially for their example in my life! Honoring your volunteers, or your whole team for that matter, has a multitude of …