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Re: MG

I attended a seminar on volunteers years ago.  One additional thing about
the GenX is that they often want to work on projects with friends.  This
may be harder to arrange with MGs.  The idea is that you ask a GenX to get
with a group of friends to help with a project.  Maybe doing some of the
social things might work.  Or, letting a GenX lead the project and bring in
some friends as assistants.

> [Original Message]
> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 11/23/2008 1:46:09 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] MG
> > Tell me about the GenX..
> It's pretty long and involved.  The class was months ago and lasted over
> hours and I didn't take much in the way of notes. But I can relate some 
> vague impressions I recall. I may have some of it wrong, but it will get
> started on track to figure out the differences.
> Retirees - I don't recall the actual name used, one website refers to
> as veterans.  They are categorized as dutiful, plugging away at whatever 
> they're asked to do until it is done.
> Boomers might be similar to veterans but a bit less dedicated. Seem to
> or feel they should have/do it all - hence spread thin.
> GenXers - beginning of latch-key kids.  Give them a job and let them go
> it on their own; they don't want you to hover.
> GenY/Millenials - best group for working with veterans as they crave the 
> contact with older people (this surprised me)  They're latch-key, too,
> more so.
> Since both GenX and GenY have developed in a much more fast-paced world, 
> given to multitasking and soundbites, you have to get their attention 
> quickly and positively.  They are both turned off and turned on to things 
> quickly.  If you don't succeed with them right away, they're gone; onto 
> something else.
> Most info I found via google had more to do with either the differences
> the hiring of or marketing to the different groups.  However, reading
> does give clues as to what makes each tick and how best to approach them
> can be applied to volunteers.
> Try: http://tinyurl.com/63tqrx
> Also, go to this pdf and scroll to the bottom of pg 11 to see
> differences for each group.  http://tinyurl.com/63kxbj
> Try googling something like "babyboomers volunteer program GenX GenY 
> Millennials" and peruse the entries.  You might find something that is 
> helpful and enlightening.
> And, if you or your MG coordinators are seriouslyy interested, I could
> you in touch with our Hort Educator and he might be able to help them
> the class material for it.  It is very interesting and pertinent.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Daryl" <dp2413@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 12:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] MG
> > Tell me about the GenX and  GenY volunteers, please. How do you
> > and
> > retain them? How do they differ from boomers? I can see how they differ 
> > from
> > retirees, as I can see how late boomers differ from early ones.
> >
> > The only things I've noticed is that they seem to have shorter attention
> > spans, but like my generation (60's do-gooders) they (especially the
> > youngest) are eager to help when shown a real need. The early gen X
> > to
> > be more difficult to bring out of their "me first" attitude.
> >
> > d
> >
> >
> >> I can suggest two more possible explanations for that.  One, from my
> >> experience, the other from our extension agent's perspective.  What I 
> >> have
> >> seen of volunteers is that a person who likes to volunteer, does so in
> >> many venues, not just one.  They then simply spread themselves too
> >> to
> >> be readily available for projects.  Second, our Hort Ed has studied
> >> volunteer phenomena and statistics and brought a class to us to try to
> >> explain differences in 4 age groups and how they work, listen,
> >> differently from one another, thus meaning they must each be approached
> >> differently.  It's very interesting and insightful.  It explains a lot
> >> why a mainly babyboomers and retirees group has trouble retaining the
> >> interest of GenX, GenY, and Millenium volunteers.
> >>
> >> Just more possible explanations of the issue, not criticisms.
> >>
> >> Kitty
> >> neIN, Zone 5
> >
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