(Ten Needs of a Volunteer)
If you want my loyalty, interests, and best efforts remember that:
1. I need a sense of belonging, a feeling that I am honestly needed for my total
self, not just for my hands, nor becauseI take orders well.
2. I need to have a sense of sharing in planning our objectives. My need will
be satisfied only when I feel that my ideas have had a fair hearing.
3. I need to feel that the goals and objectives arrived at are within reach and
that they make sense to me.
4. I need to feel that what I'm doing has a real purpose or contributes to human
welfare - that its value extends even beyond my personal gain, or hours.
5. I need to share in making the rules by which, together, we shall live and work
toward our goals.
6. I need to know in some clear detail just what is expected of me - not only my
detailed task but where I have opportunity to make personal and final decisions.
7. I need to have some responsibilities that challenge, that are within range of
my abilities and interest, and that contribute toward reaching my assigned goal,
and that cover all goals.
8. I need to see that progress is being made toward the goals we have set.
9. I need to be kept informed. What I'm not up on, I may be down on. (Keeping
me informed is one way to give me status as an individual).
10. I need to have confidence in my superiors - confidence based upon
assurance of consistant fair treatment, or recognition when it is due, and trust
that loyalty will bring increased security.
"In brief, it really doesn't matter how much sense my part in this
organization makes to you -- I must feel that the whole deal makes
sense to me."
From: The Effective Management of Volunteer Programs, pg.55, by Marlene
Wilson, Volunteer Management Assoc. Boulder CO 1976