Reasons Volunteers Leave

Posted in Managing Volunteers

Reasons People Leave Volunteering Unexpectedly

  • Because no-one knows their name
  • Because they do not know how to tell you they want to leave
  • Because they made a suggestion that was not acted upon or responded to
  • Because the atmosphere feels impersonal, tense or cold
  • Because the physical environment does not support their efforts
  • Because no one smiles at them
  • Because they feel under-utilised
  • Because the reality does not meet their expectations
  • Because they feel treated more as an interruption than a welcome help
  • Because veteran / long-term volunteers do not include them ‘inside’ the group
  • Because they see no connection between one day’s work and another
  • Because they do not see how the work they are doing benefits the organisation and it’s service users