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Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.
~ June 2001 ~
  • Soup du Jour
  • Enabling Everyone to Use the Web
  • Family Services Volunteer Program Website

Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they
dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those
languages, or we remain mute.
J. G. Ballard (1934- )

A "mute" volunteer services manager? I don't think so! Through technology we are constantly learning new languages as we manage our volunteer services programs.

This month we will look at two websites that help us speak that language. One is a technology source for nonprofits covering many topics to help us translate this technology language. Another contains information to help us ensure that our websites speak to people with disabilities. We will also visit another volunteer services website, this one at a family services agency in North Carolina.

Let's travel together as we speak new languages as technology multiplies around us!

Soup du Jour

Powered by CompuMentor, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit technology assistance agencies, TechSoup.org offers nonprofits one-stop shopping for their technology needs. While TechSoup is aimed at small to midsize nonprofits.

There is a wealth of information on TechSoup.org. Pages on using the Internee contain articles and resources that can help you effectively use the Internee to further your mission.

If TechSoup had a mantra, it would be, "Do a technology plan!" The information on technology assists you to do just that. A technology plan is the single most important ingredient to an effective use of technology in your organization.

There is also a great deal of information on Volunteer Management including how to best utilize technology volunteers to help with your needs.

And in case you need something new and different to your next carry-in office party or potluck volunteer recognition event, TechSoup also has pages of real soup recipes. Slurp away!

Enabling Everyone to Use the Web

The mission of WebABLE is to make the Internet and World Wide Web accessible to people with disabilities. To accomplish, WebAble provides accessibility technology and services to corporate, government, educational, and non-profit clients.

WebABLE is a leading provider of Web accessibility technology, consulting, and training. Their work ensures that their client's Web sites are fully accessible to people with disabilities and in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

One service is Website Inspections in which WebABLE performs in-depth websites reviews to allow Web publishers to enhance their website for accessibility and usability. WebABLE conducts 1 and 2-day Accessibility Workshops to assist IT staff in building accessible websites.

Family Services Volunteer Program Website

"Building Tomorrow by Strengthening our Communities and Families Today," is the motto for Family Services in Winston-Salem North Carolina.

As a private, nonprofit agency, Family Services has been in service since 1905. Working together with individuals and families, it offers a full range of professional services including therapy, education, and advocacy.

Volunteers play key roles as the Volunteer Services page reveals, "When people feel connected to each other they have a shared responsibility and hope for the future. Volunteering is a powerful way to connect. Family Services depends on volunteers to provide vital services to the community. Without the help of volunteers, several important community services would not be available."

Contact information is evident and a brief description of volunteer positions is listed. The site emphasizes that training is provided for all of its numerous volunteer positions, which include:

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey

Georgean is a trainer and consultant in the areas of nonprofit management and volunteer involvement. She holds a Master's degree in Education/Staff Training and Development and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Indiana University.

Georgean is an Adjunct Faculty member of Ivy Tech State College with the Business and Industry Training Department. Her articles have been published in the Florida Libraries Journal and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Georgean conducts national and regional workshops on Train-the-Trainer, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Staff/ Volunteer Relations, Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, Family Volunteering, Trends in Volunteerism, and other aspects of Volunteer Management.

Georgean is immediate Past Chairperson of the National Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC. She is Past Chairperson and Founding Officer of Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration, a professional membership organization representing 60 nonprofit/voluntary organizations. She is a member of the Association for Volunteer Administration, the Points of Light Foundation, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Prior to starting her training and consulting company she served for several years as the Manager of Volunteer Services in healthcare, library, and social service organizations, leading programs of 500 volunteers.

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Blue Vision Training
P.O. Box 15118
Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5118
Phone: (219)-485-9081
Fax: (219)-485-5847

E-mail: georgeanjc@aol.com

URL: http://www.bluevisiontraining.com

 Copyright 2001 by Nancy Macduff.

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