We’ve all been to that one perfect event where we’ve experienced the passion and hard work from volunteers.
Some are brand new to the event and can’t get enough, others have been there for years. At VolunteerLocal we know every volunteer is important and want them to feel that way. We’re not implying that one volunteer is better than another, but there are a few every organizer would gladly give a gold star. They’re at every planning meeting (often with treats) and can’t help themselves from signing up for that extra shift. I’m sure we could all name a handful of people that fit that description, but I bet many of us don’t realize we’re one of them! Take our highly scientific quiz to find out which kind of power volunteer you are.
- It’s your first time volunteering for your community’s Relay for Life and at the information session you:
- Show up early and offer to help set up chairs and hand out packets as the other volunteers come in.
- Came in just a few minutes late, you were jogging over to help train for the race and left a little late.
- Made sure to bring your tablet to take notes!
- You signed up to run and didn’t realize this was a volunteer information session.
- There is a baseball tournament in your town and every year you are the one that:
- Signs up to help with check-in and stays until the last game to make sure everyone finds their fields.
- Comes to the field in your team’s uniform since you won’t have time to go change before it’s your turn to play.
- Brings a white board to put up where each field is at the sports complex.
- Doesn’t like playing, but goes to watch your friends play.
- Your plan for dinner tonight is:
- You’ll probably just grab something on the go.
- You did your meal planning last night so you have your meals planned and in the fridge.
- You just started one of those meal services and tonight you are making a quinoa burger.
- Just throw something together when you get hungry.
- Your friend is telling you about a music festival, and turns out your favorite band is playing. First thing you do when you get a chance is:
- Check your calendar! You have a lot going on during the summer and aren’t sure you will be able to go.
- You already have tickets – so you’re all set.
- Message a group of friends to see if they want to get tickets together.
- Buy tickets for the day the band is playing.
- Which Harry Potter house are you in?
- You and your friend planned to have coffee after work, but they canceled on you last minute, how do you feel?
- Glad, you had overbooked and needed to cancel too.
- Fine, now you have an extra hour to get a few things done.
- A little peeved, but happy to spend time organizing for the upcoming week.
- No big deal, stuff comes up.
- Your go to social media application is:
The Overtimer: Did someone ask for help? You’re there in a second even if you’ve been working all day. You sign up for set-up but end up staying through tear-down.When everyone hits their mid-afternoon slump, you get coffee for everyone!
The Doer: You would sign up for the check-in shift but you already promised friends that you would participate in the event with them. Instead, you hit up the festivities first and join the volunteer forces for the second part of the day. If anyone has questions on what’s happening you’re the right person to answer since you experienced it all first-hand!
The Planner: You’ve been volunteering at the same events for a few years and the dates have been marked in your bullet journal since you made your year overview spread. Your goal is to make the event better every year. You’re always asking questions and teaching newbies the best and fastest ways to get things done. You’re the first one to see a bump in the road and ready with a solution!
The Newbie: You’re a volunteer waiting to happen! How did all these people get signed up to volunteer at these fun events? Reach out to your local chamber of commerce, catch up with an Overtimer friend and reach out to your community. There are volunteer opportunities all around you!