Wednesday, April 28, 2021


In 6 tips for being a better volunteer from Blue Skunk Blog, Doug Johnson shares,

“I try to be the volunteer I would want helping my own mother.”

Before I put my students in paid employment, they have to do an unpaid internship first. I see this as volunteering.

Even if you aren’t getting paid for the work, workplace rules should still apply.

Here are some of the rules I think are important when volunteering:
  • Be on time. This is important when people are depending on you.
  • Be there for the whole time that you agreed upon staying.
  • Be responsible. If you are given a task, put 100% effort into it and do it right.
  • Be dependable. If you say you are going to do something, do it.
  • Make sure your body and your hair are clean. Nobody wants to be around someone who is dirty and smells.
  • Brush your teeth! Bad breath is horrible!
  • Wear clean clothes. Nobody wants to be around someone who is wearing dirty stinky clothes.
  • Let your supervisor know when your assignment is complete so they can give you a new task.
  • Take the initiative. If something needs to be done, do it (you might need to check with your supervisor first).
  • Don’t gossip.
  • Keep information confidential.
  • Before leaving, ask if there is anything else that needs to be done before you leave. 
I think about the organization and the people that I’m serving when I volunteer. What would I expect from a volunteer? I want to be the volunteer that people are happy to see because they know I’m a hard worker and willing to do what needs to be done.

What advice would you give to a volunteer? Please share.

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