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Question:
How do individuals' needs impact group development?

Answer:
A group consists of a number of unique individuals - all of whom bring with them unique talents, personalities, and individual needs. Some individuals may choose to be part of a group to satisfy a need for socialization. They just want a sense of belonging and are likely to be the members who seek group cohesion in order to fulfill their need for friendship and affiliation. Other members may seek membership in a group to gain a stronger sense of self-worth. They may be motivated to take on tasks in order to gain a sense of accomplishment and respect from others. These individuals often take on leadership roles in the group or are responsible for motivating other group members to succeed with completing their tasks. Some people may join a group because of a need for attention and can often disrupt the group's development. Individuals unique needs can have both positive and negative impact (disruptive) on group development. Check with the references listed for more information on group dynamics.

Question:
What are some things that a leader can do to increase the morale of the organization's volunteers, particularly when located outside the Continental United States (OCONUS)?

Answer:
In addition to showing appreciation, respect and demonstrating good basic volunteer management techniques, leaders of volunteers in an organization located outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) can look for local community or host nation issues that may be affecting the morale and motivation of the organization and its volunteers. It might be that some of your volunteers feel a bit isolated by living in a foreign country. Provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in events with local groups that can serve to integrate your volunteers into the local community or host nation. Holding joint events with host nation organizations is good for both the organizations and all the individuals involved.

Question:
What are some ways to motivate people to volunteer?

Answer:
There are a number of ways to motivate people to volunteer. The Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Program’s Level II class on Volunteer Management offers several tips for motivating volunteers. One suggestion is to be motivated yourself. Enthusiasm is contagious. Be specific about the tasks involved in your volunteer positions and share deadlines. People want to know what is expected of them. Respect your volunteers as you would your paid employees. Explain some of the benefits the individual will receive as a volunteer in your organization. Perhaps your volunteer organization offers free childcare to volunteers. Many people appreciate flexible hours that some volunteer positions offer and the opportunity to utilize their own talents to gain work experience. Some volunteer organizations offer professional training classes to their volunteers. These are just a few of the many benefits of volunteering that can attract individuals to help out in your organization. Learn more from the AFTB program and the other references provided.

Question:
What kind of awards are there to recognize volunteers?

Answer:
Volunteers can be recognized a number of different ways such as certificates of appreciation from the local command, selected as “Volunteer of the Month” for your organization or installation, or perhaps “Volunteer of the Year.” Sometimes it is possible to include a parking spot for the volunteer at the Commissary, Post Exchange, or other frequently visited agency on the installation. Volunteers can also be recognized with awards from higher headquarter commands, as well as official Army awards such as the Emma Marie Baird Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Molly Pitcher Award, Order of Saint Joan D’Arc Medallion, President’s Service Awards, and other Public Service and Military awards. There are a number of official and unofficial awards you can present to your volunteers. For more information on these awards and their nomination procedures, check with the Army Volunteer Coordinator at your nearest military installation.

Question:
Where can I obtain information on volunteer management?

Answer:
There are a number of resources available on volunteer management to include books, classes, Internet sites, etc. Additionally, many community agencies offer training on volunteer recruitment, placement, training, supervision, retention and recognition of volunteers. Check with your community’s volunteer coordinator or with some of the local community agencies for more information.
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