What Leaders Want To Tell Volunteers

Last week, I asked this question on Twitter and Facebook:

If you lead volunteers, what is one thing you would like to tell a volunteer?

Here are the responses I received:

  • Smile
  • Be attentive
  • Have fun
  • Invest in others
  • Be open
  • Do your best
  • If you you say you're going to be there, be there
  • Your attitude makes a first impression
  • What you get to do is not a job, it's a privilege
  • Everything falls apart without you
  • Thank you
  • It's a big deal when you don't show up because it creates a disruption. If you cannot make it, please communicate that to the right person
  • You are valuable
  • You are doing work that has eternal meaning
  • Your serving experience is not about you; it's about others
  • I am praying for you
  • Be careful what you post on social media
  • Watch how you dress
  • You think I really only work on Sundays, but you are wrong
  • See an individual, not the mass
  • I will not always be able to please everyone and that includes you
  • I hurt and struggle just like you 
  • I want you to reach your full potential
  • I sometimes don't want to show up to serve either
  • Focus more on the others than your preferences
  • If it doesn't work out, I am comfortable helping you find another area in which to serve
  • Be on time
  • Follow through
  • Talk less with your team members to prevent guests feeling like they are interrupting you
  • Work hard
  • I want to create a great serving experience for you
  • Serve as one entrusted and not one that feels entitled
  • Think before you cancel (or don't show) at the last minute - what if I
    bailed at the last minute, do you want to preach?
  • Think before you commit. If you're gonna flame out in two weeks, I
    don't want you to sign up. 
  • Think before you react. Yes, it's not going to be perfect and easy
    all the time. It will be stressful and will push your patience.