The Three Types of Volunteers

Dr. Cuyler B Goodwin, DO

July 15, 2022

Volunteers

Project-based work, social and conversational individuals make the best volunteers. They have the highest energy levels and are willing to change mid-project. They are often self-motivated and can lift the team. Those with high energy can help improve the entire project. Flexible people can help the whole team move forward. They can also improve the overall project by being willing to change direction mid-project. Project-based work is the most rewarding type of volunteer.

Motivators are high-energy, social, and conversational.

The psychological capital of volunteers may influence their willingness to volunteer. Therefore, A recent study suggests that volunteers’ perception of social support and the social capital they receive from others play a mediating role. High social capital may be associated with more engagement and more volunteerism. However, these factors may not be enough to explain all cases of volunteerism. This study will focus on the psychological capital of high-energy, social, and conversational volunteers and their role in volunteering behavior.

Researchers have found that people who volunteer are more likely to engage in self-determined activities and have lower burnout. These findings have implications for programs designed to increase social capital. Increasing volunteers’ psychological capital may lead to more satisfied volunteers and less burnout. Increasing social capital in volunteers may be vital in influencing their volunteering behaviors. But what are the best methods for increasing social capital? Here are some strategies that may work.

Project-based work

When deciding to undertake volunteer projects, it is essential to consider the amount of time and effort required. In project-based volunteering, it is essential to consider the scope of work, the level of urgency, and the specific skills and knowledge needed. If there are any changes to the scope of work, paying will be necessary. Likewise, for project-based work, it is essential to build relationships with critical team members and ensure they are willing to contribute their time and effort to the project.

Besides gaining experience, you may choose to work with children in an orphanage, tutor teenagers, or organize sports activities for at-risk youth. In addition, these volunteer jobs require a high level of decisiveness, as the decisions of these volunteers affect the entire organization. Other volunteer jobs may be in the professional arena. Pro bono services are provided by professionals who donate their time to nonprofits for free. Such services include legal counsel, IT assistance, and human resources consulting. Besides these, you can even work on construction projects.

Flexible

There are three main types of volunteers: project-based, flexible, and regular. Project-based volunteers work with defined goals, schedules, and expectations. Project-based volunteers have the option of working either as a component of a larger program or individually, free from the responsibilities of managing other people. These volunteers can be found in many organizations, including nonprofits, schools, and NGOs. In most cases, the types of projects they can undertake depending on the type of volunteers.

Ambassador (non-student) volunteer programs: These are aimed at people who are not currently enrolled in a school program but looking to give back to their communities. However, This group may be retirees, college students, or other people with spare time. This volunteer program is ideal for people with varying degrees of experience. They should be able to complete a variety of projects with relative ease.