It is commonly acknowledged that service organizations are having a difficult time recruiting new volunteers. People have many commitments, see service only when “mandatory” (as in required classes in school), or haven’t been inspired to connect with a cause.

A deeper problem is those who volunteer in name only. People who say “I’ll help” but don’t follow through cause challenges in all kinds of organizations. Saying you’ll do some research on a topic and you’ll get back to the person — but never do. Agreeing to bring something to the bake sale — but forgetting. Signing up to be on a committee — but not signing up for any specific task. Those types of non-volunteering are worse than not committing at all.

Good intentions only go so far. Whether at work, at home, or in a volunteer organization, only raise your hand if your feet are committed to follow.

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