Volunteers, are they a dying breed?
In trying to grow as an organization, we often run into the dilemma of managing all that we do and having enough help to do it. With today's busy schedules, it is often very hard to find time to give back. RARO relies heavily on volunteers. It seems that number is shrinking from one year to the next. We used to have 400-500 hundred offering to help, now that number is closer to a 1/4th. There are many ways to give back and hope that you consider giving back to our youth and our community.
Our largest group of volunteers comes in the form of coaches, but there are many other needs for volunteers. We are grateful for those that currently give their time. I am worried, though, that we are trending in a path where we ask for too much from the same people. It is our hope to have people repeatedly offering to help rather than getting burned out. When it comes to volunteering, a little goes a long way.
This area has been rich with good athletes and coaching at our high schools and colleges. These coaches have poured valuable information into most people taking the time to read this. Information that, I am sure, has benefitted you in your life and could benefit others. BUT...If you keep this information only for yourself, are you helping to ensure the success of the next generation?
There are so many ways you can help aside from coaching. As you read through the ways to help in this month’s newsletter, I hope that you will consider giving a little of your time in knowing that it will make a huge difference. It is often said that “it takes a village” to raise our youth and that couldn’t be truer in youth sports. There are so many people needed to run efficient and productive programs. While RARO does the facilitating and managing of these programs, we still NEED you!
In thinking about why the numbers of volunteers seem to be shrinking, I think of this story shared to me once by a Coach.
“That’s Not My Job”
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Helping our community grow and come together is a job Everybody should do! Somebody, typically, expects Anybody to do the things that need to be done, but more times than not, Nobody is the one that signs up.
Sorry to get philosophical, but we, at least, owe it to our youth to provide the best opportunities for them to grow. Without selfless giving of time, energy, and resources, our programs will fall short of the standard that we set so high! Any amount of help that can be given makes a huge difference.
By choosing to help, you are changing the current trend that makes offering new programs a challenge.
Please consider helping out! Our kids’, your kids’ growth depends on it.