Sustaining members, volunteers and leaders and their continued efforts and service to the program is imperative to the continued health and well-being of 4-H or any community organization. Sustaining adds stability, credibility and continuity to organizations. Sustaining, the fourth and final category of the GEMS Model of Volunteer Administration, consists of five steps: evaluate, recognize, retain, redirect and disengage.
Culp, Ken III; Eastwood, Christy; Turner, Susan; Allen, Rosemary; and Stephenson, Laura, "Sustaining Members, Volunteers and Leaders in Community Organizations: Strengthening an Organization by Building Traditions" (2015). Community and Economic Development Publications. Paper 6.