Volunteers are eager like beavers to start on new projects. They show energy and excitement to join your group to make it the best possible experience. They are looking for instant gratification to make a difference.
If they are there, they are there to learn and work. Give them something to do!
But volunteers are also difficult to show appreciation to, for a number of reasons.
They may not come around very often, they may come to help weekly, monthly or maybe just for special events. Each time they come to help after a period of time, a run down of large number of new tasks needs to be gone over. If the manager is busy dealing with a large number of people, then the lack of information and time put in could cause discouragement. Unless, they have been volunteering for a long time, the persons who are supervising don’t typically get to know the individual volunteers very well therefore will not learn how to best encourage them....