I have been volunteering a lot since I retired and more and more I find volunteers are unappreciated and treated rudely.
I was asked to run a booth at the Easter Festival and they left me there completely alone for 6 hours. No potty break, water, or food. I couldn't leave the booth because I was afraid the items would be stolen. The person called me the next day and asked if I would help with another one NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
No one wanted the blood drive and I reluctantly took it over because I think it is such an important part of the community. It was so unorganized and I truly felt the problems were due to the previous chair person. In all fairness, her health is very bad and I'm surprised she could do as much as she did.
Now, it's like it is MY drive and MY problem - the Red Cross is turning over so much to volunteers and everything is being computerized. None of my volunteers feel comfortable with using the computer so I'm doing so much by myself. The only lady that will stay with me after dark is 80! the others want to be out before dark so I have all of the clean up by myself.
I have been volunteering with the Red Cross for over 2 years and they have a nurse that we have complained about twice - unbelievably nasty person. She was at the last drive and she was yelling at me - I walked away and she followed me - I told her she needed to get far, far away from me. We normally leave at 7PM and she dissappeared until after 9:30PM - I could not leave or call the church to lock up until she left. I know she did this to spite me and show me SHE was in charge. She treated the previous chair person the same way and they would fight - I refuse to fight with her.
The donors were there 2 to 3 hours and complaining the entire time about how rude she is. We are a small town so they send all of the trainees to us. It's like they think of us as the 'country bumpkins' and we are being treated very unprofessionally.
I can't find volunteers to help me because of the problems! I know some of you also volunteer - are you running into increasing problems?
I'm taking a long break - I'll stick to my charity quilts. I am amazed that volunteers - FREE LABOR - are being treated so badly! I've been shaking my head all week!