A myth in the world of charities and organization is that daytime availability of volunteers is dwindling away. Many volunteers relied on homemakers to volunteer during business hours, but as more women left the home and entered the workforce organizations were left with minimal volunteers. Regardless of the setback, charities are finding it easier to recruit daytime volunteers more than ever before.
Finding adult volunteers who are able to work during the nine to five hours is easy since many individuals don not keep normal business hours. With the increase in individuals working from home, available volunteer hours are flexible. Those who work at home can easily rearrange their schedule to offer help to organizations that need it. There are also others that still work regular jobs that are able to make time during the day to volunteer. Individuals who work in the evening, on the weekends, or work odd shifts can also work daytime hours.
Many businesses are open 24 hours a day, which means their employees work in eight-hour shifts. The morning shift usually begins at 7:00 am, which means the individual is available to volunteer for a couple of hours after their shift. For those who work the evening shift, their availability begins in the morning until their shift begins at 3:00 pm. The businesses that work around the clock are hospitals, factories, hotels, public service departments, entertainment stations, and delivery companies. Evening workers are similar to shift workers and have time available in the afternoon to devote to helping others. Many businesses that keep mostly evening hours are movie theaters, computer services, and restaurants.
Businesses that require weekend shifts give their employees one or two days off during the regular workweek. The majority of service businesses have employees working every day of the week and employees can offer more volunteer hours. Despite the challenge of finding volunteers for daytime activities, they are available for organizations.