Is there a need for episodic (short-term) volunteers in your Extension programs? A survey asked people why they weren't volunteering. Seventy-nine percent of the respondents said they would volunteer if the jobs were shorter in duration. Short-term volunteers will be more productive and will be more likely to continue in their service if they are recruited, supported, and valued as partners in the educational process. By using the information in this article, professionals who work with volunteers has the capability to increase the overall size and scope of their programs.

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