Top Ten Reasons Volunteers Leave

February 23, 2019

Some of these might surprise you!


Reason #10 - The reality of their experience is not what they expected when they signed on.


Reason #9 - They don’t like the work they are being asked to do nor how it is being done.


Reason #8 - Veteran or leadership volunteers won’t let them into the “insider” group.


Reason #7 - They spend more time meeting than doing.


Reason #6 - No one listens to their suggestions.


Reason #5 - They feel unrecognized, and see that thanks are unfairly given to everyone, no matter who did the most work or none at all.


Reason #4 - They are no longer asked to participate.


Reason #3 - They do not actually understand how to get more involved.


Reason #2 - They can no longer see how their involvement makes a difference.


And the #1 Reason volunteers leave is........... - It stopped being fun. This doesn't mean every meetup needs to be a party, however for a volunteer to stay it has to be an experience they enjoy.  Remember that a volunteer is there by choice and if they aren't finding personal value in the experience they are likely to put on their walking shoes and look for something more rewarding.

~source: Critical Response Network 




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