They have Garrison Keilor and Jesse Ventura and one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the US. 66% of their citizens over the age of 18 volunteer. This donated service totals $6.5 billion annually. 76% of people age 35-44 volunteer. Women volunteer at a higher rate than men, 77% to 60% do.
A 32-page report discusses in detail volunteer contributions,
dollar value of time donated, trends and challenges to the field, and makes recommendations
for the future. To request a complete copy Call the Minnesota Office of Citizenship
and Volunteer Services 651-296-473.
Here are some activities around the world to celebrate IYV2001:
- Hosted the IAVE conference in January
- Initiating a National Volunteer Day for youth
- Hosting a closing ceremony for the year to recognize local volunteer efforts
- Providing training to local organizations on the support of volunteers.
For more information: Germien Cox; firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.volunteer.nl.
- Hosting an International Symposium on Volunteering, November 18-2, 2001
- Symposium will generate a Global report to be published and presented to the Secretary General of the UN in 2002
Contact: Viola Krebs, email@example.com or http://www.icvolunteers.org.
- Hosting a symposium for the volunteer sector in April 2001
- Hosting a volunteer convention, "The Unconventional," in Glasgow on December 5, 2001
The International Year of Volunteers 2001 United States Committee is off to a good start. There is a Web site, http://www.iyv2001us.org, where you can register your activities for the coming year.
A primary goal of the US Committee, co-lead by the Points of Light Foundation and the Association of Junior Leagues International, is to engage organizations and individuals. The Web site allows anyone to register as a partner, search a database for the activities of other partners, or register activities and events. You can receive a newsletter, order recognition and celebration products, and receive booklets to guide in planning local events. There are also links to other sites related to IYV2001.
- hosting a conference September 29-October2, 2001
For information contact http://www.community.hei.com/'volunteer-hi.
- Tulsa is preparing a traveling display featuring volunteers for display in libraries.
- Governor Gary Locke is issuing a proclamation for IYV2001 (Click here to view Proclamation)
- Statewide recognition events July 14, 2001.
For more information contact Chuck Hennigan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young retirees in Sun City are bowing out of volunteering. An article in the Arizona Republic, December 27, 2000, reported on the decline in volunteering by new arrivals to Sun City, a mecca for the active retiree.
According to the paper, the new retirees have energy and skills, but no interest in serving in the volunteer police force, cleanup crews, or other various community councils. If they do volunteer it is in "measured doses."
The residents of Sun City noticed this trend first, but now the nonprofit and volunteer programs in the area, hospitals and schools especially, are seeing a dramatic drop in available volunteers. The director of a volunteer placement service said, "A lot of people seem to be more interested in the kind of experience where they can pick up a job, enjoy it, feel good about it and then leave it behind."
A gerentologist with Arizona State University says that the change in volunteering is a reflection of generational changes. Older seniors, born during the depression, are committed to their communities. Younger residents retired early are likely to have a part-time job, and make different choices for their free time.
The implications of this Arizona trend have a national impact. Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, said, "I don't know why we'd think the baby boomers would turn over a new leaf upon retirement when they've failed every kind of civic test they'd had to pass in their lives."
Technology in the volunteer sector is in embryonic form. Most programs use a computer to manage data on volunteers and scheduling, but the use beyond that is not great. The Center for Excellence of San Jose, CA asked some voluntary organizations to share how they are using technology. The sample reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (1/11/01), is a snapshot of how technology can help programs grow and what it takes to make that growth happen.
The Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future.
The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like nomination forms, contact Crystal Hill at 202-729-8000.