One of the keys of an effective leader is learning to work with volunteers and be able to figure out how to dance the fine line between making volunteers feel valued and making them feel burdened.

Value: One of the ways we value volunteers is to give them ownership that is empowering and rewarding without being menial and demeaning.

Burdened: If you (as a leader) give them too much ownership/responsibility they can will feel overwhelmed and burdened and ultimately feel devalued. Devalued volunteers don’t last.

Question: how do you value volunteers? Share with us so we can learn from you.

Question: what have you done in the past that has burdened your volunteers? Willing to share?

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