Nelson and I stand behind the tables as community members reach into the baskets, pick an item or two and move on to the next table. Oasis is like a market place on a Wednesday morning..
“I’ve known some of these people for as long as I’ve been volunteering here,” he tells me
“How long?” I ask him
“9 years,” he responds, turns to exchange greetings in Spanish with an elderly lady. I have also met volunteers who have been at Oasis for weeks, months and others for years. I was curious to know what made Nelson come back again and again for 9 years. He said that he had watched his mom volunteered and in turn, he was motivated volunteer.
Like Nelson, there are many reasons people like to volunteer. Some have a personal connection to the mission of a project, others enjoy the type of work being performed, and others like to meet people or learn a new skill.
Did you know that if you are a volunteer and ask someone to volunteer, they are more likely to do so? Friends, family members and colleagues influence the people in their circles to volunteer. Have you influenced anyone to volunteer lately?
[By Pauline a new volunteer / intern]