One of the most cost-effective ways to maintain war memorial grounds is through the use of volunteers. You can, for instance, enlist the help of volunteers to mow the grass around the war memorial grounds. You can also enlist the help of volunteers to trim the hedges around the war memorial grounds. Or you can enlist the help of volunteers to sweep and otherwise keep the war memorial grounds clean.
Recruiting the volunteers
You can pin a notice, on the war memorial grounds noticeboard (or gate), requesting the people who visit the site to consider volunteering their labor. Or you can advertise elsewhere — say, in the local media — inviting people who wish to volunteer at the war memorial to contact you. At yet another level, you can visit local institutions – such as the local schools, the local churches and so on, inviting people who wish to volunteer at the war memorial to contact you. In a nutshell, there are so many ways in which you can get volunteers to help you maintain a war memorial.
Allocating duties to the volunteers
You need to remember that the volunteers are not paid employees. You therefore need to ensure that you only give them light duties. You also need to ensure that you only engage the volunteers for a few hours at a time. It would be unseemly to keep the volunteers working for 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. Some of them may be folks who have other engagements. You may be dealing with a person who has just logged into the paycomonline portal, and found that he has a few hours off-duty in a certain week. Following that discovery (at the paycomonline portal) the person may decide to ‘give back to the society’: by using those few hours to volunteer at the war memorial. Given those circumstances, it would be a good idea to ensure that the duties you assign to him are not too taxing, and that you don’t engage him to work for too long.
Allowances for the volunteers
If your war memorial maintenance coffers have something, it would be a good idea to at least give the volunteers small tokens: to cater for their fare and lunch expenses.