Every day, volunteers help organizations achieve their mission – delivering meals, entering data, providing pro bono consulting, mentoring youth – and more. While organizational leaders usually recognize that volunteers provide valuable support and services, many still make decisions based on misconceptions about volunteer engagement, widely held myths.

You, however, are in a unique position to address these misconceptions so volunteer talents can be more effectively harnessed towards mission fulfillment. To help you embrace your role as mythbuster, we are sharing the top 5 myths we see in our work across North America – along with tactics to help you bust them.

Welcome to Day 1 of “5 Days, 5 Myths, 5 Ways to be a Volunteer Engagement Mythbuster.”