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Special Announcements from the Publisher
Volunteer Today Bookstore
After months of scanning, testing, arguing, and meetings, Volunteer Today announces a new secure order page for print resources for those who work with volunteers. The Volunteer Today Bookstore is redesigned, with photos of books, descriptions, ordering information, and simple "Amazon-like" click menus to order books and kits online. You can order using VISA, MasterCard, or American Express online and we will ship within three working days-faster if you wish.
As publisher and editor of Volunteer Today, I selected an experienced Internet company to host this site. We wanted to insure the highest level of safety for you to purchase materials designed to build strong volunteer programs. You can order materials at http://catalog.volunteertoday.com/.
Kudos for this effort goes to our intrepid Web Designer, Laura Bunt. She was assisted by Ruben Bybee from Blue Mountain Internet (host of several national secure sites and programs), Sara Strickland, the dedicated scanner operator, and the writers of Volunteer Today who viewed and commented on early versions of the site. Laura managed to complete a thesis and orals for her master's degree in technology and ride herd on all of us who contributed to the construction of the new Volunteer Today Bookstore site. We are mighty proud of how it looks, and better yet, how it works. It is new and we welcome your comments. We also want to know if you have problems. Send e-mail to email@example.com.
So, if you are looking for information on creating volunteer policies, Linda Graf has just the book for you; want to know more about boards, Jeanne Bradner has resources, interested in tips on working with volunteers who have chronic mental illnesses, John Weaver is the author of a book on this topic, or how about some insight on dealing with episodic or short-term volunteers, we have a book for you. You can also purchase kits authored by Nan Hawthorne that provides outlines for training on volunteer issues.
Even if you have a well-stocked library, stop by the Volunteer Today Bookstore to see a wonderful site! And keep in mind we are always adding resources and books to this site. We'll keep you up-dated from time to time.
Three Training Tips
Icebreakers can sometimes get one or two people well acquainted, but rarely most of the people in the group. Here is an effective icebreaker that is also an excellent mixer. More people in the group will know each other.
Crossword puzzles are an effective way to summarize the material covered in a training session. The best way to design them is to make a list of key phrases or words that are used during the training. Then create short definitions for the words. If you have a computer program that makes puzzles, all you have to do is put in the words and definitions and the computer maps out the puzzle for you. There are some of these programs available online. It is also possible to do this manually.
The crossword puzzle is then distributed to individuals in the training. However, not everyone likes a crossword puzzle (too bad, it is very good for your brain's agility!). Here are a couple variations to the traditional crossword.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://pirate.shu.edu/~mirabero. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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