Today we will address the question: “Why organizations or institutions expect you to work that much for so little or no pay?”
This question actually does not have anything to do with whether a Workamper would consider volunteering. It has everything to do with the stability and future life of the organization or institution.
Not long ago I had the pleasure to host a Dreaminar with Carolyn Bauer, who is the Volunteer Clearinghouse director for the Army Corps of Engineers. Yes, they are a government organization that utilizes volunteers! You may say, the government can afford to pay for all work done for them! If that were the case, you know who is actually paying for the government dollars that are spent. It would simply mean higher taxes, but more likely fewer services since the government would most likely the Corps of Engineers in this case would not provide all of the services they are able to provide, thanks to the thousands of volunteers that work with the Corps of Engineers projects each and every year.
The care and services provided by the Corps of Engineers would be much more limited in scope if not for their volunteer program. Workampers who volunteer for the Corps of Engineers love nature and want to give back to provide for future generations.
It really comes down to, without the volunteers – America would not have the awesome recreational resource properties we currently enjoy. Properties such as County Parks to National Parks, Lakes to ocean shorelines.
Volunteers in many cases are the backbones of organizations. I guess you could say if volunteers disappeared we would see many organizations with broken backs, or in essence begin to disappear.