After a while we all think about the time we are spending, what is in it for me, and is this something I really want to be involved with, or I gave the info I had, I am done. If we could accept this is what happens when you call an ad hock committee things would be a lot smoother. OF course the one running the program usually gets shot in the foot once or twice. And if they did not have their combat boots on at the time, getting your toes shot off a few times is enough for most people.
Why do I stay? I usually stay because have a vested interest in the out come, I am going to learn something, or I have something valuable to share. But when I am done, wild horses could not drag me back.
Note that volunteers always receive some negative feedback for their efforts. Usually from somebody that is not doing anything or is sending out negative vibes. Why in the world would anyone continue to volunteer after having their ideas rejected, or negatively critiqued and they never got a chance to get them off the ground? This has happened to me more than once, and at more than one group or another.
Members of teams, committees, and groups beware, you may be the reason, without knowing it that volunteerism is low. If you always do what you always did you will most like get what you always got. That is why some organizations fly to the top and other seem to settle midway or below. There are ways to keep the high energy of new group members and seasoned volunteers coming back and ways to keep chasing them away
Even though volunteers are not paid in cash they receive numerous benefits. It is often how to barter their skills in the future, shared experiences, they gain opportunities for growth in a specific area of interest, receive training they would have to pay for otherwise, they get to add these experiences to their cv or resumes, and more important to many volunteers they get to spend time with others who share their interest in a cause or program.
There is good, there is great, there is bad, and certainly ugly. But at the end of the day good works are done by those who have incredible skills and a go give spirit.