24 January 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Training Volunteers

We’ve had a number of conversations surrounding the training of volunteers. One of our peers (the Tom Experience) talked about training volunteers in clusters during times and places that worked for them such as dinner at someone’s house, after church on Sunday, at Starbucks Saturday morning. These clusters might be as small as two or as many as 8.

As I put the finishing touches on my large group volunteer training I dread the numbers that will show. We will likely have 50% show up, and that will be a rushed group ready to go home and get ready for the Bears game. We’ll serve them some food and thank them for coming, and the training should be pretty good, but the large group one shot deal is a huge hurddle.

At what point are we enabling volunteer apathy and at what point might we be too heavy handed with our high expectations in terms of training?

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