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. http://www.AVAintl.org The proposals are due December 13, 2002.
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!
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 http://povertycenter.cwru.edu/ 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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/bulletin/2002/pb22088.pdf. 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.
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