By Pete Phair
I know you’re busy dealing with returns of toys, ill fitting clothes and inappropriate gifts right now, but I hoped that I might get an early start on my wish list for next year… Please see what you can do and I will do what I can to be a good boy…
• World Peace- I thought I’d start out big- give me world peace and I won’t ask for anything else- not even a new DS! I promise. Well… maybe only a couple of other things…
• Volunteers- I don’t need many, just 150 or so and I promise to treat them with kindness, respect and undying gratitude. ‘Cause that’s how volunteers should be treated.
• Volunteer Recruiters- wouldn’t it be great if every volunteer begat a volunteer? And they would beget a volunteer, and so on and so on… Most are great at it and maybe just asking them to recruit others is enough, but just in case, can I get recruiters wrapped up in a nice decorative bow?
• Volunteer Trainers- Someday, I hope all my volunteers will be so comfortable with our programs and training protocols, they will beg to train the trainers! Could I get some of that next xmas?
• Volunteer Support- Is there room in your bag for more books by Susan Ellis, more presentations by Martin Cowling and more professional development opportunities from local heroes like Anne Schink and Larry Ullian?
• Volunteer Retention- Please help me make the volunteer experience for all volunteers so spectacular, they can’t wait to do it again.
• A New Snowboard- Ok sorry, I couldn’t resist. And please, make it not hurt when I fall…
• Volunteer Back-up Plans- Like those backup generators in hospitals, when a volunteer has to bail, can I have one ready to step in?
• Twenty-Ten or Two Thousand Ten- If no one else will, could you please choose? Your choice will be in place for the next millennium so choose wisely (that’s what you do anyway- right?)
And lastly Santa, as you pass from house to house next Christmas, can I ask you to please spread a word of encouragement for families everywhere to thank the volunteers they know about, join the volunteers they observe and teach their friends & family members about all the benefits of serving a larger community. There truly is no better way to celebrate the holidays!
Happy belated holidays to you and yours Santa. Ho ho ho.