Have you ever volunteered for an event, or cause? Did you feel underappreciated or that your effort and time were abused? You're not alone.
While I must admit that this thought stems from experiences in my life from community and industry led volunteer efforts, I'm sure you have your own war stories. When your volunteerism is devalued, it creates unnecessary drama and heartache for both you and the organization, business or group you're working with. And who needs drama in their lives . . . unless, of course, you're watching a good movie or live theatrical performance.
For the organizations, groups, and businesses leading a cause or event, volunteers can be some of your greatest marketing assets. By treating volunteers respectfully, everyone wins: the leading organization, group or business, the cause or event itself, and even the volunteers. Volunteers help the marketing effort primarily through viral marketing, spreading the word about your cause or event to people you might not otherwise reach. But if you abuse their time you lose them and the people they know.
Here are some considerations to show appreciation for volunteers (or for volunteers to look for in a volunteer-driven cause or event):
Asking a lot from a volunteer is also asking a lot from their own personal and business relationships. This a consideration never to be abused.