A key component to our success as volunteer service leaders is the ability to revise. We must continually discover how to work smarter, quicker and be the most effective we can be. Technology helps us do this.
This month in Tech Tips:
Let the revisions begin!
A few months ago, I shared some short cuts for common Windows/Word functions. Here is some more, back by popular demand!
Volunteers are invited to make a splash, make friends with penguins, get to know the sharks and Hob-knob with starfish at the Newport Aquarium http://www.newportaquarium.com in Newport, Kentucky.
There is no colourful button on the Aquarium's main page to link a visitor to the volunteer department's page. By scrolling down to the bottom of the main page, there is a hot link, which says "volunteers" can be located. This placement of the volunteer department link is not uncommon on non-profit webpages.
The volunteer page is simple and straightforward. In addition to contact information and a link to a printable application, the page tells the benefits of volunteering at the Aquarium.
* Participate in close-up encounters with critters of all sorts
* Spend time in a fun environment with great people
* Take a peak at what goes on behind-the-scenes of a premier aquarium
* Work with the public and school groups on understanding marine life
* Received discounts at the Treasure Chest Gift Shop and Lighthouse Cafe
* Work with Aquarium Biologists
* Meet new people
* Participate in social activities
* Join enrichment classes
* Receive special awards and recognition
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.