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~ December 2002 ~ Topics

Train Your Peers

The Association for Volunteer Administration will hold its International Conference on Volunteer Administration in Cincinnati, OH, October 15-18, 2003. They are currently seeking proposal for workshops and seminars at that event. If you are interested in training your peers this is the opportunity. Information on submitting proposals can be found at the AVA Web site. The proposals are due December 13, 2002.

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VT Search It

Our intrepid Web Master has added a new feature to make your use of VT even easier. On the Navigation panel to the left of the Home page (and section pages, too!) you will find a called "Search". Click on this link and the search engine Google shows up. You can type in a word, select whether you just want to check VT articles or the entire Web (We're easier to search, trust me!). The search engine finds the topic and directs you to previously written articles.

To test this search site the Web Master typed in "Dog,", selected "Search Volunteer Today" and sure enough, up popped an article on volunteers, pet loss and how to handle it. The archive sites of VT are in the process of being loaded with key words to help search way back in the history of this newsletter. Happy searching!

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Information on the Poor

Writing a grant and need statistics? Looking for information on the poor in the US? Want to see what can be done about poverty? This site is for you. Visit for a load of information on the nation's poorest citizens. The site is part of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western University. There is a series, available online, "Behind the Numbers," which aims to provide context and analysis of the public statistics on poverty.

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Volunteer Program Evaluation Series Announced

MBA Publishing, the owner of Volunteer Today, announced in November the launch of a new online series to aid volunteer managers in evaluating theirprograms. The Volunteer Program Evaluation Series (VPES) begins with four evaluations; Recruitment, Organizational Readiness, Volunteer and Staff Relations, and Risk Management. For a small fee subscribers can download an evaluation instrument designed to help assess a program and make plans for future improvements.

A unique feature of this series is the availability of consultants to the organization purchasing the evaluation. A package arrangement allows the buyer to receive the evaluation, a bibliography, and a one-hour phone consultation with the author following the completion of the evaluation. The fees have been kept below $100. In order to promote widespread use of the instruments.

The Volunteer Program Evaluation Series will eventually have over 25 separate evaluation tools to assess all aspects of volunteer program management for nonprofits, government based programs, and corporate volunteer programs. The nine authors are a line-up of experts noted world wide for their training and consulting skills, and experience across the field of volunteerism.

Visit the VPES Web site to see the authors, learn more about the program, and sign up for your first evaluation.

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Products Available to Nonprofits for Free

The Postal Service receives 164,000 tons of undelivered product samples each year. Until October the USPS had to dispose of these materials. Now they can donate this material to nonprofit organizations, homeless shelters, or food banks. The material includes such things as shampoo, food, diapers, and the like. This also includes undelivered magazines.

The new regulations are online in pdf format at: To the left click on Domestic Mail and then scroll down to the heading, "Dead Mail." You only need to print pages 17 and 18.

Thank you to VT writer Connie Pirtle for finding this wonderful source of resources for needy clients.

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