A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Holy Rosary Church's 115th Annual Feast of the Assumption. It was some hard work volunteering with literally thousands of people in Little Italy not to mention a hot night weather-wise. However, it was fun and rewarding as well. I am glad that I did it. I have heard some people ask over the years what makes a good volunteer for any event? In this Examiner's opinion, the list below details some rules for being a good volunteer.
1.) If you suspect that you are not going to be able to volunteer at a certain event, no matter what it may be, do not sign up in the first place. Okay, that probably sounds pretty harsh. However, I have volunteered at many events over the years where well-meaning people forgot to show up for their shift; or just decided not to show up for their shift. Then, the other volunteers had to run around at the last minute trying to find someone else to replace them. I am not talking about emergencies which would be a totally different situation. I am talking about people who just did not show up for whatever reason.
2.) Arrive at least 15 minutes before your volunteer shift starts so that you can use the restroom, meet up with your fellow volunteers, and also receive your instructions for the shift.
3.) While some volunteer opportunities provide all of the items you will need for your shift, some cannot. Please make sure that you have all the items that you know that you will need for your shift.
4.) Ask questions if you are unsure about your tasks for that time.
5.) Do your best to work together and get along with the other Volunteers. You all want to do your very best to help out with the event or cause that you all are supporting. However, do not tolerate any abusive behavior. Let a Supervisor, Team Leader, etc know if there is an issue.
6.) If a Customer is irate, do your best to work for a productive solution. However, if anyone becomes abusive, let a Supervisor, Team Leader, etc know what is going on.
7.) Taking breaks for the restroom, drink of water, or a bite to eat is understandable. However, do your best not to make it something that happens constantly during your volunteer shift.
8.) Stay until the very end of your shift. If you can, stay over a couple of extra minutes, if someone is relieving you, to make sure that they are aware of the tasks that need to be completed. If you get sick before the end of your shift, let the supervising team know ASAP. They do not want someone there who is sick.
Do your best to help out with events and causes that you believe in. Also, do your best to be the right kind of volunteer. :)