ChangeTheTune About the Role of Volunteer Managers

Today is International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD), a day to recognize the hard working people who make sure volunteer programs run smoothly and volunteers are fulfilled and engaged.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of IVMD, this year’s theme of Change the Tune! encourages people to think differently about volunteer leadership.

Here are 10 songs that remind us of the many roles that volunteer managers play.

1 – Career counsellor

Volunteer managers help volunteers develop skills and competencies as part of their career development paths.

Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten

Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

2 – Outreach officer

Volunteer managers engage newcomers as volunteers to help them connect with and learn about their new communities.

Billy Paul – Let Em In

Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favour, open the door and let ’em in

3 – Nurturer

Volunteer managers provide safe and supportive environments for their volunteers.

Bill Withers – Lean On Me

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on

4 – Cheerleader

Volunteer managers encourage and recognize their volunteers’ efforts.

McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

Ain’t no stoppin us now!
We’re on the move!

5 – Evaluator

Volunteer managers provide volunteers with regular opportunities to give and receive feedback.

Jerry Lee Lewis – Let’s Talk About Us

We talked about the good times
That made us laugh and sigh
We talked about the bad times
That brought tears to our eyes

6 – Trainer

Volunteer managers welcome new volunteers to the organization and offer orientation and training to help them succeed.

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

7 – Event planner

Volunteer managers coordinate volunteer opportunities and organize recognition activities.

Kool & The Gang – Celebration

We’re gonna have a good time tonight
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right

8 – Mediator

Volunteer managers ensure smooth relationships between volunteers, employees and the individuals their organization serves.

John Lennon – Imagine

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

9 – Writer

Volunteer managers write volunteer position descriptions, policies, procedures, evaluations and recognition messages.

The Beatles – Paperback Writer

It’s a thousand pages, give or take a few
I’ll be writing more in a week or two

10 – Liaison

Volunteer managers work with other staff members to match volunteers with areas their skills are needed.

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory

Ebony and ivory, live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard

What songs remind you of volunteer leadership or thinking differently? Tell us on Twitter using #ChangeTheTune!