5 MYTHS ABOUT VOLUNTEERS

1. Charity organisations do not need to recruit volunteers

MYTH: Whether it be a charity shop, a soup kitchen or office administration, charity organizations sometimes need to recruit volunteers, especially on certain days when the volunteer count is low.

2. Everyone is prepared to do volunteer work without compensation

MYTH:  Advertisements for volunteers needs to specify that it is a non-paying position; people expect to be compensated for their work.  Applicants soon change their minds when they realise the work is voluntary and without compensation.

3. Demographics does not determine the number of volunteers assisting at organisations

MYTH:  In certain demographic areas there are no volunteers assisting charity organisations due to the expectation of financial compensation that exists.

4. Volunteers are older women with time on their hands

MYTH:  The profile of volunteers ranges from young learners to older people, both men and women.  Although some learners only do their “compulsory” community engagement, many of them return to the organisation for continued work.  However, the average staying-power of a volunteer is 80%

5. Corporates provide what the charity organisations need

MYTH:  During CSR initiatives, corporates often offer organisation what they would like to do or donate, instead of ascertaining what the organisation needs.  Due to the annual Mandela Day corporate charity initiatives employees sometimes feel obliged to participate and are not always comfortable to do is needed.