You didn't deserve that backlash!!! –
Slobber - you got clobbered with negativity. That sucks. I see NOTHING wrong with having a first year person work as a volunteer , several professions do the same thing (hello, Doctors, radio shows etc.) I'm sure there are perks along the way, I know I bought pizzas and drinks for my guys a couple of times. Plus - then you'll have a good gauge on what to pay them, if they can handle it. And there is nothing worse than saying you'll pay someone and they can't hack it. Then you'll have to figure what they have done and how much to pay - ugh!
ALOT of haunts use volunteers - I am with you all the way slobber!
Do Vegan Zombies eat heads of lettuce?