Introverts and Volunteerism: Are You Engaging All Potential Volunteers?

In preparation for National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2012), we’ll be focusing on volunteers this week at Set Plays. We hope that you’ll use our volunteer resources to celebrate your club and association volunteers during National Volunteer Week.


Chris Bautista at VolunteerMatch’s Engaging Volunteers blog wrote a great post on a TEDTalks video about the importance of introverts in society. When you’re looking for volunteers in your club or association, do you create opportunities for introverts?

Watch the TEDTalks presentation by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, to find out what skills an introvert could bring to your organization, if you know how to recruit them:

As Susan Cain states in her talk, our most important institutions are designed for extroverts – including schools and workplaces. If you think of volunteering as a fun “workplace,” are we ensuring that introverted volunteers can have as much fun as our extroverted volunteers? Chris at VolunteerMatch lists some great volunteer positions for introverts, including:

  • grant writing
  • web design and writing
  • graphic design

Read the full post by Chris here for more ideas on how to engage introverted volunteers with positions they’ll enjoy.

Thinking about introverted volunteers caused me to think about introverted players. If we think of the soccer club as a soccer school, are we creating a youth soccer environment that embraces introverted kids? What do you think?

About Hillary Beehler

I'm the Organization and Member Services Director for Washington Youth Soccer, the US Youth Soccer charter association for the State of Washington. WA Youth Soccer serves over 125,000 registered players across all levels of play, from Under 5 to Under 19.
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