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Volunteer Management and Volunteer Motivation Four

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In previous weeks I have mentioned a range of volunteer motivations – volunteer altruism, volunteer ideology, volunteer life changes, etc and I’m adding another one for you now.

I call it the SOCIAL LIFE.

Many people, including some retirees, may be seeking to remain active, mix with others and fill their leisure time with satisfying activities.

Others may be seeking break down the social walls and to meet new people or to combat loneliness and isolation through social interaction with others.

You can attract both types of people by emphasizing the social and leisure aspects of volunteering. But be sure to focus on ‘meeting new people’, rather than ‘curing loneliness’.

People will talk about volunteering to meet new people, but few will ever talk about or suggest that they are volunteering because they were lonely.


You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you – Dale Carnegie

This quote and the volunteer motivation ideas are adapted from the best selling book on successful volunteer recruiting Count Me In! 501 Ideas on Recruiting Volunteers.



Dr Judy Esmond
An International Expert on Volunteering

P.S. Have you also checked out our volunteer management videos as they are full of more ideas for you on volunteer recruitment, volunteer recognition and volunteer management.

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