Ethical Societies require many volunteers to do tasks, in order to function effectively and serve members’ needs. Staff can be assigned some functions, where that makes the most sense, but even the supervision of staff is ultimately delegated to the Board of the Society.
Volunteering is also where members bond — working together and solving problems or resolving conflict well is one of the ways we learn to ‘bring out the best in others’ and thereby in our selves.
Without working together, community isn’t real, it’s pseudo-community — where people believe they feel good about belonging, but don’t really have the depth of connection that they do when they work with each other.
Following are some resources on volunteering. Especially helpful for overall orientation:
More on Volunteers:
From the classic Great Expectations manual chapter on volunteers:
- An Ethical Culture Philosophy of Working With Volunteers
- Hard-To-Fill Jobs
- Mobilizing Volunteers in Ethical Societies
- Volunteer Recruitment Grid
- Volunteers in Our Ethical Society