07/06/2010 12:29 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Volunteer Mismanagement: What Do To If They Ignore You

Here is the most crucial piece of advice: Once you've identified a charity you care about with projects that fit your schedule and location, find out whether they have a paid staffer whose sole duty is "volunteer coordinator." There's a certain irony here--that it takes a paid person to deal efficiently with people who want to work for free and out of the goodness of their hearts.

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