Can you suggest some ideas or websites where I can get ideas to make my volunteer newsletter different and exciting? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!
Effective newsletters can be valuable communication tools and recognition opportunities for your program volunteers. The first rule of newsletter writing is "Know Thy Audience." If your primary audience is program volunteers, then keep them in mind with every word your write. Here are a few more things to think about:
A. Philosophy of Effective Newsletters
B. Design Considerations
One of the most common mistakes made by designers is to concern themselves solely with interest and forget about function. In a newsletter, one of the primary functions is readability. The piece must be legible, clean, and encouraging to read. A carefully constructed format that builds on predictability can also be heightened effectively with well chosen graphic treatments to keep the reader involved. Here are some things to consider:
C. Tips for Improving Your Newsletter
D. Online Newsletter Resources
If you're looking to spruce up your graphics, visit the Clip Art website at www.clipart.com. You'll find links to thousands of free graphics. Don't miss the hot links on the left side of the home page. They connect to a variety of additional resources, such as font types. Also, Amazon.com lists 17 different books on writing, editing, and designing newsletters.
My favorite source for grammar guidance is The Grammar Lady at www.grammarlady.com. If you ever have a moment's pause about whether it's "that" or "which" and "affect" or "effect," this web site will answer your questions and much more. Plus, The Grammar Lady posts very funny "Typos of the Weak" that are guaranteed to make you laugh!
Could you recommend a book that would help me set up volunteer training? I am interested in things like the best time of day to hold training, what research has shown is the best length of time for training, etc. I want to make my volunteer training efficient and meaningful and I don't want to just "wing it" and do what I think is the best way. Thank you very much.
Peg, Volunteer Coordinator, Alzheimer's Chapter
I checked with my favorite trainer, Nancy Macduff, and she recommends Russell Robinson's book, "An Introduction to Helping Adults Learn and Change." It is a lay person's guide to doing training based on the principles of adult education. Topics include the principles of adult learning, dealing with change, motivation and learning, adult life cycles, intelligence, teaching others, designing learning experiences, developing teaching plans, and evaluation of training. Nancy especially likes the charts on how to set up a room so that you achieve your educational goals. The book is published by Omnibooks in Wisconsin. It is available at Amazon.com for $22.95 plus shipping and handling.
You'll also be interested to know that at the Association for Volunteer Administration's next annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 18-21, 2000, there will be a "train the trainer" session on Friday morning. This challenging three-hour institute will equip you to lead workshops and group discussions. Visit their web site at www.avaintl.org for more information. Happy training!
I'm looking for a job in the nonprofit sector. I've been in the for-profit world for many years, but now I have the opportunity to take an "early out" and I'd like my second career to be about social and community services. Where do I start looking?
D.R. in Northern Virginia
What a wonderful position to be in, and I applaud your decision to invest your expertise in a community enterprise. I am asked frequently about nonprofit job opportunities and how to find them. Here's my list of favorite nonprofit employment resources:
|Action Without Borders, Nonprofit Job Section||www.idealist.org|
|Chronicle of Philanthropy||www.philanthropy.com|
|Community Career Center||www.nonprofitjobs.org|
|Job Quest Catalog||www.jobfindersonline.com|
|Nonprofit Career Center||www.nonprofitcareer.com|
|Philanthropy News Network||www.pj.org|
I'm a grad student doing a thesis on Leadership in Volunteer organizations. I'm having a hard time finding research on the topic. Rogers (community) Television is sponsoring my thesis. It is considered not for profit, as its existence is a CRTC regulation. The station is staffed by younger people and senior citizens. I'm focusing on leadership in terms of paid and non-paid employee's taking on effective leadership roles. Can you help? Thanks!
Phil in Canada
Since you told me that you've checked "every" university site in Canada, give these sites a try:
You can link to these journals through the Portal Site at Volunteer Today.