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Leadership and Its Roles in Volunteer Work

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Alright, the project duties have been assigned, and YOU are in charge of a group of five strangers you’ve only seen three other times at meetings. Quick, what do you do first—introduce yourself? Have an icebreaker? Shoot—no time, your group is on a time crunch before the event starts! “Deep breath, smile, and go.” Those little words are the words of a calm and efficient volunteer leader.

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Leadership, a vital part of volunteer work, wouldn’t you say? As much as we’d like to think that everyone equally shares responsibility for jobs that need to be done, especially group work, there always seems to be one person who steps beyond everyone else and delegate’s tasks. It’s not a bad thing; in fact, having leaders to look up to in teamwork settings is a necessary element for successful functionality.

But what does it mean to be a volunteer leader? A volunteer leader, specifically in this context, is described as a person who:

  • accepts the challenges and responsibilities of the project assigned, delegate’s others in a respectful manner, and takes full responsibility for the progress of the project.
  • can communicate efficiently and effectively with other leader coordinators and volunteers in need of direction.
  • is resourceful in more than one way, whether it is working with volunteers or meeting with nonprofit organizations to inspire new ideas.
  • presents themselves in a positive and professional manner when needed, and ably  represents an organization or members of a community.

These are just some characteristics that could describe a volunteer leader, but many more exist. Everyone is capable of being a leader. The important thing to remember is that you have to want it, to get it. If you like working with people, positively, and enjoy taking on challenges and responsibilities, you are most likely a leader. You are either a leader in your classes, in school groups, at work, in clubs you belong to or you are probably a leader to others who look up to you, follow you, and respect you.

Leadership by diverse groups of people is taking place all around us every day. We should encourage more people to take on leadership roles and work together, just as volunteers stand together to fight for a cause, a belief, and even stand together to defend a community—a group of people who they don’t even know. That is true leadership.

What do you think about leadership and its roles? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. Share anything related to leadership in volunteer projects, organizations, or whatever else you’ve experienced in which leadership aided in your success!

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A Drop of Blood Goes a Long Way

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After my volunteer-filled weekend, I have begun to wind down, trying to get back to my usual routine, and yet, scouting my next volunteer activity. This time, however, I’m looking for something that demands less time, as university finals are right around the corner, and my full concentration on school is at an all time high. But how could I volunteer for something that won’t require a full day’s work? Luckily, there are a variety of things I could do that are still helping a specific cause or a specific person!

A blood drive is a great way to give back to those in the community! Image Ever since I was in high school, I had wanted to give blood. I had the sensation that by sharing something that I was able to share, with someone who didn’t have that, I would be an active part of a cause that affected life, directly. Unfortunately, my sophomore year in high school, I found out I could not be a blood donor because of a disease I had as a child. Though I didn’t have that disease anymore, I was still told that blood donation would never been allowed.

Not having the opportunity to give blood has definitely made me sad, as I have always wanted to because of the good things it does for so many other people. However, I understand that for specific reasons, I cannot, and I have learned to accept it. But if I had the chance to do so, I would definitely do it!

Blood drives exist all over the place, even in Reno! If you’re a Reno local, and want a fast and easy way to give back to the community, check out the United Blood Services website for more information on what donating blood does and where it goes! It’s an amazing nonprofit!

If you have a fear of needles, as I know some people do and that is why they don’t volunteer, check out the web for other volunteer ideas! There’s a world full of activities waiting to be tried out by you.

Have a great week!

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Volunteering Satisfaction in Reno Earth Day Festival

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At 6 AM this morning, I was not sleeping in my warm bed, I was not dreaming sweet thoughts, and I was not drinking my morning wake up coffee while reading the newspaper. On this day, at 6 AM, I was being a volunteer at the Reno Earth Day Idlewild Park Festival. After spending more than six hours at this event volunteering, I can proudly say, I wouldn’t have wanted to be doing anything else on this day.

My job varied. I was not assigned a specific task, and therefore, my help was sought for a number of different issues that arose, including general labor and trying to communicate with festival exhibitors in an efficient manner. I was thrilled! I engaged in a number of conversations with people, many of them who needed directions to a specific festival event. All in all, the event was a success, volunteers had a great time associating with others, and hopefully visitors were satisfied with what we offered them.

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In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the benefits of volunteering, how such activities impact your health, and what you get out of it on a mental and physical level. Today, I felt a number of positive things happened to me—I had a feeling of purpose, I was happy, as my volunteering is a passion of mine, and I was socially interactive, something that not only helps you in the social networking area, but minimizes stress induced diseases because of the human interaction taking place.

In conclusion, what I was really hoping to get out of this post was to share my experiences of the day and hopefully persuade you, as a reader, to find the things you are passionate about, volunteer, and take advantage of the wonderful things that it has to offer. I met a really great group of people, met a diverse amount of visitors with different interests who were eager to converse and spend time with us volunteers, and because of those reasons, I will be signing up to volunteer with the Reno Earth Day group again next year.

I encourage you all to check out the Reno Earth Day website, view this year’s itinerary, check out some photos, learn about the event in general, and if you’re interested, sign up or keep it in mind for volunteering opportunities for next year! You won’t regret getting involved in activities like this one, or others that bring purpose to your participation.

Have a great week! And Happy Earth Day!