1. Dee Veccia
    August 3, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    As a volunteer, I want to be able to be involved in what interests me, and allows me to explore my passions. I would want to be treated like an employee, and be kept "in the loop" on the organization I am involved with (open communication). I would love it if the program allowed for advancement- to be able to do more or be more involved as my skills improved (more "hands on"). Flexible schedule, and training or classes would be a huge plus. The single thing that makes it hard to volunteer is getting my work schedule and volunteer schedule to coincide. I volunteer right now, and my biggest complaint is limitations on what we can do, and how slowly information passes to us (if at all).

  2. Brad Davies
    August 3, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    for me personally what makes a good volunteers some who has passion for what they are volunteering for, good communications skills; not just verbal communications but as being able to understand that very group of people you encounter communicates in a different manner based on anything from where they come from (town, city, state or even Country) all the way up to age group ( I highly suggest taking communication courses at the local college). And depending on they type of volunteer program (in this case Big Cat Rescue) the work horse type mentality is key to doing a good solid job.
    What makes it hard to volunteer is the current economic times; making money is not easy right now with the job market being is shallow so it forces people to work jobs that pay very little which makes it very hard to save up money to where you feel comfortable enough to go out and put time in a program where you don't make money. It's very unfortunate. The locations are also can play a key factor, I love in California and would love to volunteer or intern at Big Cat Rescue but it's all the way in Florida and I don't have the kind of money to fly out to Florida and don't have anyone in Florida to stay with. And there are very limited programs who offer the same or similar type of experience and education.

  3. Colleen Tracey
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    That's how an organization gets to be successful and stay on the guidelines… Works in concert makes the whole volunteering fun!

  4. Luisa Kelly
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I would absolutely love to volunteer for some thing like this… wish there was something like this here in Austin, TX.

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