Valuing volunteers

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On Sunday I re-joined Universalist National Memorial Church, where I was the pastor and a member in the early 2000s, on Sunday. I'm now ready to contribute where I'm needed -- if I'm able. Perhaps that's why I noticed this new financial valuation of volunteer service by Independent Sector. In D.C., the average dutiful soul is worth $34.04 an hour. Nationwide, the figure is $22.14. By this, the lesson geos, we are better able to appeciate the value of volunteers and thu impact they make.

From a churchly point-of-view, this also means that the generation-on-generation loss of homemakers' time -- long undervalued, until it was no longer there -- as a steady workforce is particularly stinging. Paid work and other activities have proved deeply rivalous. Treating volunteers as a financial resource (even if you dispute Independent Sector's numbers) can help frame how a congregation can deploy its resources or decide to put aside struggling church activities, like newsletters, "forum" series, thrift shops, bean suppers, certain kinds of fundraisers or what have you.

One Reply to “Valuing volunteers”

  1. welcome back to the uua; glad your journey brought you full circle. Have enjoyed reading your blog for years.

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