What are volunteers to your organisation? At a recent training day one manager referred to volunteers as “the lifeblood of our organisation”. Pretty important then! People often refer to volunteers as “vital” or “essential” to the organisation.

For some of you, volunteers are the “public face” of the organisation, for others they “make the engine run smoothly”. Sometimes however, the value of volunteers is that they provide some independence or distance from the organisation, “a fresh pair of eyes.”

It is natural to use metaphor, and valuable if we are using appropriate metaphors and ones that will inspire our volunteers? What metaphor describes the way volunteers contribute to your organisation?

What do you think?