According to dictionary.com a volunteer is "a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking."
A volunteer is not an employee, nor a person doing work under contract. A volunteer for many reasons is a person who decides on their own to work for your organization in some capacity. Seems pretty simple doesn't it? Well yes it does! Which brings us to Why are they there asking to do work for you?
When I am with other volunteer managers this is a topic of conversation with many levels of understanding. And why is this important?
It is important so you look in the right place for the type of volunteer you want!
It is important so you know what your volunteers expect from you!
It is important so you know what your volunteers will do for you!
These are some of the themes I will explore over the next few weeks, in an effort to help those in emergency management who are not full time volunteer managers (few of us are). So that when you need those disaster volunteers they will be there and you will have the processes and relationships in place to make it happen.