I've donated to a women's shelter here and indeed there was a very strict set of drop-off times and rules. Since many of these were battered and abused
women, I wasn't surprized that they would be so cautious.
That makes sense. But I've also experienced this with donating "lightly used" professional clothing to organizations where women are just getting a foothold. The hours of drop-off are impractical and not geared towards professionals.
I've had some marvellous experiences as a volunteer over the years. So much so that I took a volunteer management program some years ago.
What I discovered through my experiences as a volunteer, as well as the program, is that the co-ordinator of the program makes all the difference in how the volunteer's experience is. You need to be able to make a good match between the volunteer and the placement - and be able to help the volunteers work through the frustrations of attempting to become involved. A lot more legal hoops to jump through now than 20 -30 years ago.
Good points. It only takes one good coordinator. That's impressive you signed up for a volunteer management program.
Linkat, I don't want to commit to seeing something through in regard to spearheading a cause, especially at work. I want volunteering to be meaningful, I don't want it to be even closely related to anything I do at my job. I do see your point though, and I appreciate your input.
panzade, I don't expect them to fall over me in praise, at all. But, the difference between getting someone who appreciates what you do and an someone who's less so, well, it makes a huge difference in whether you're willing to continue giving your time.