~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
NEWS ON VOLUNTEERISM
- One Man's Mission-International Year of the Volunteer
- Tracking the Echo Boom Generation
- Facts on America
- - The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community
One Man's Mission-International
Year of the Volunteer 2001
Chuck Hennigan is the Volunteer Services Manager for the Lacey Fire District,
Number 3, and a volunteer fire fighter with the Griffin Fire District # 13.
He is a man with a mission. Over the last 18 months he has brought the importance
of the International Year of the Volunteer 2001 (IVY) to the attention of people
in Washington State. His efforts mean that volunteers in his state will be included
in a worldwide effort to recognize the importance of volunteering. The work
he has done is not complicated, as he would be the first to admit, but it does
require persistence and commitment to have his volunteers recognized as part
of a worldwide movement. Here are things he did that you can do, as well.
- Requested approval from his supervisor to support the recognition effort,
including permission to take time to promote and participate in activities
around IYV 2001. The United Nations IYV site has a Point presentation that
can be downloaded and used for community education projects. Chuck used it
within his own organization and with several statewide groups.
- Chuck arranged for the production of IYV2001 shirts; polo,
t-shirts, sweat shirts. The polo shirt has an attractive small
logo over the left breast pocket. The wonderful part of this
story is that Chuck got prison inmates to donate their time to
do the embroidery for the shirts (keeping the price down). The
Washington State Department of Corrections in Yakima, Washington
has a program to teach inmates to learn skills that can be turned
into employment once they leave prison. These are the people
making the shirts. The shirts are generic and can be ordered
worldwide. You can order these products by calling Alyssa Eyre
at 509-573-6373. Shirts CANNOT be sold for profit without the
express permission of the United Nations.
- Two professional associations of volunteer managers have
joined Chuck in organizing events to celebrate volunteerism in
Washington State. The Professional Association of Volunteer Managers
of Thurston County, Washington is planning a statewide event
July 14, 2001 at the Capitol. An international theme is under
discussion. The eastern side of Washington State will host a
similar even in Wenatchee, WA. Both events are supported by DOVIA
Washington, which is a statewide association for professional
- There are also plans for banners, proclamations from elected
officials, and interest in sponsorship by the National Volunteer
Fire Council, all organized by the intrepid Hennigan.
The International Year of the Volunteer is about local initiatives,
like the ones described above. Volunteering is about local, person-to-person,
efforts. Chuck Hennigan is an example of how one person, an enthusiastic
professional volunteer manager, can mobilize an entire state and
beyond. The Question for You! . . What are you doing to promote
and plan for IYV 2001?
Tracking the Echo Boom Generation
- The Echo Boom generation is Americans born between 1977 and
- Often called, Generation Y, Nexters, Millenials,
- Core values: optimism, civic duty, confidence, morality,
- Two-thirds of teens in this group have savings accounts,
two in ten have checking accounts, 16% own stock, and 5% had
- What they might want out of a volunteer position:
- To get information quickly and easily
- To have a less structured life
- To exert some control over their life and environment
- To resolve their fears.
Facts on America
The US Census Bureau has a large and unwieldy Web site. Not the easiest to
maneuver. Ameristat (www.ameristat.org) rides to the rescue with a more easily
accessible site. A cooperative venture between the University of Michigan and
University of New York at Albany, it is quite user friendly. Statistics are
in user friendly graphics. There are many topics of inquiry; marriage and family,
race and ethnicity, income, poverty, and new ones to come, such as migration
The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community
Susan Ellis and Steve McCurley are launching an online journal
beginning October 1, 2000. It is designed to combine the best
of a printed professional journal with the full potential of Internet
technology. The new publication is aimed at volunteer leaders/managers
who want to challenge themselves to go beyond the ordinary in
the volunteerism field. Each issue will be interactive, inviting
comments and contributions from subscribers. The journal will
appear quarterly and include:
- Commentaries by volunteerism experts Steve McCurley and Susan
- A section exclusively for leaders of volunteer manager associations,
such as DOVIA's, an international perspective, feature a research
for practitioners section to interpret scholarly research for
The publishers are offering a "Leap of Faith" subscription rate of
$25. After the first issue, the price goes to $40 per year. These are US prices.
To subscribe go to http://www.e-volunteerism.com/subscribe.html. For more information
direct questions to email@example.com.
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