Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
We’ve all been there: we have a volunteer training scheduled. We arrive early. Set up the room. Straighten the chairs. Run over our notes one more time.
And then…we wait.
And wait. And wait a little more. And finally, with a deflated spirit and a renewed sense of crushing self-doubt, we flick off the lights and head to our car because no one showed up.
Whether you’re offering an on-boarding orientation for potential new volunteers or “requiring” an ongoing training for existing volunteers, eventually the room is going to be much emptier than you’d planned. But why? Why don’t volunteers show up for volunteer meetings? I think there are at least five reasons: