~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
|~ May 2001 ~
- Value of a Volunteer Hour
- Quotes, Quotes, and Quotes
- Volunteer Managers and Burnout
Value of a Volunteer Hour
The Independent Sector annually reports the value of one volunteer
hour. That value can be used to calculate the monetary value of
hours donated. For the year 2001 that number is $15.39 per hour.
For more information on this visit the Independent Sector Web
Quotes, Quotes, and Quotes
The online discussion group for volunteer managers, CYBERVPM,
(To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE CYBERVPM followed by
your full name or organization. Send this message, making capitalization
exactly, with no further message in the body of the e-mail.) has
a question every month from someone wanting the perfect quote
or poem or song to use at a volunteer event. Here are some places
to find the perfect quote. Most of them can be searched by keywords,
author, or topic.
Annabelle's Quotation Guide - http://www.annabelle.net
Cliche Finder - http://www.westegg.com/cliche/
Volunteer Managers and Burnout
High turnover, high stress, high demands. Sound like the job
description for a stockbroker? It is also the description of job-managing
volunteers. A Volunteer Today reader asked for some tips
on coping with stress and burnout at work. Here are some ideas.
- Plan, plan, plan. An annual plan can keep you and your supervisor
focused on the task at hand. It is easy to drop a "new duty"
on the desk of someone without a plan. Update the supervisor
every quarter on the progress of the plan. This is a preventive
action to keep them from thinking of the volunteer manager when
any new task comes along. It also helps build the foundation
for asking for more help or resources.
- Delegate, delegate, delegate. Yes, make the time to train
volunteers to do tasks currently done by the volunteer manager.
A recruiting team can be the life saver of all time, but they
need to do everything, from planning recruiting campaigns to
designing posters and flyers, and the volunteer manager has to
let them do it their way.
- Practice in the mirror saying NO.
- Be realistic in scheduling. How long does it really take
to drive to work? Finish the newsletter? Attend the staff meeting?
- Go to bed 15 minutes early. Then go to work 15 minutes early.
- Once per week have coffee, tea, soda, or lunch with the most
positive person you know.
- Make an appointment with yourself twice per month for 90
minutes in a location outside the office. Libraries have quiet
corners where you can read or just think!
- Take a break in the morning, afternoon, and at lunch. Those
breaks, actually, make you a more efficient worker.
- Get a new hairstyle or suit.
- Take a hot bath to relieve stress.
- In bed, before you get up, think of 10 reasons why you are
living a blessed life.
- Do not live on Snickers or Almond Joy.
- Take up a hobby that involves a beginning, middle and end.
Woodworking, quilting, stained glass, painting, basket making,
and fly-tying, fishing, and hiking. Your job is never ending
and completion of a task gives great satisfaction.
- Get a pet. Pets lower blood pressure and help us focus on
someone other than ourselves.
- Take a course or classes about managing volunteers to help
you get re-energized about your job.
- Stay professionally active with other volunteer managers.
Join a local volunteer managers association.
- Attend the Association for Volunteer Administration conference.
Meet colleagues who share your frustrations and have found solutions.
Meet lifelong friends.
WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE
IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Washington State University offers
a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet.
Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing
or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home.
For more information, visit Volunteer
Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington
State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.
ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL
GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER MANAGERS SEEKS MEMBERS
The National Association of Volunteer
Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association of administrators,
coordinators and directors of volunteer programs in local government.
Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs in local government
through leadership, advocacy, networking and information exchange.
NAAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties
and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities.
Cost is $20 for individuals and
$75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership
is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government
members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly
newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism
For more information contact Glenis
Chapin, who is a member of the Executive Committee. She can be
reached by phone at 503-588-7990. Be sure to mention you read
about this in Volunteer Today.
Copyright 2001 by Nancy
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