All posts by Brendan Van Alstine

Brendan is the former volunteer coordinator for Arts on the Ave. He has a background in social work and communications, and he has worked for a wide variety of volunteer-dependent organizations.

The realities of being a volunteer co-ordinator Reflecting on the joys and challenges of working with volunteers

Shortly after returning to school to study communications, I found myself co-ordinating volunteers for Arts on the Ave (AOTA), which runs Kaleido and Deep Freeze Festivals as well as the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse.

Volunteers are seriously the best, and some of the most generous people I’ve ever worked with. However, working with people who donate their time presents some unique challenges; recruitment, training and retention are ongoing challenges for many organizations.
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