I think the problem is one of a lack of commitment among volunteers in general. I quit a long time ago trying to get people to sign up for things at church. I have found that if I individually go to a person and ask them if they would be willing to help they usually do help. For three years several men at church showed up at seven in the morning at a local school to tutor. Almost without exception they were retired and therefore had the time, and in each case I asked them individually if they would help. There is also the age old problem of good intentions. Helping people sounds good, but it takes passion and not simply good intentions to get people involved. I have seen a lot of lazy homeless people, but I realize that the best I can give is an anecdotical response. I am sure that people who work with the homeless day in and day out would have a different perspective. I think the author of the article is correct in saying that lack of commitment is a human problem across the board.I would love to hear what your experience has been with volunteers who are not a part of the neighborhood that you serve.
In my own work with volunteers at a Dallas non-profit our results are about 50/50. About half of volunteers talk the talk, but only about half actually show up regularly. You quickly learn which is which.KenDallas
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