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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.
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"American Demographics" the penultimate
magazine of numbers published a supplement recently on diversity in
the US. Here are some snapshots from that document. Chose from the groups
- The states with the largest share of African-Americans are
in the southeastern US, with other population centers being
in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Illinois.
- The black population is projected to grow faster than the
white population over the next five years. This is an 11%
increase by 2007.
- African-Americans, who are considered middle-class, by Census
Bureau standards, are now more than the share of black households
with poverty level incomes. 44.6% are middle and upper income,
with 42.9% at or below the poverty level.
- The bulk of the Hispanic population is expected to continue
growing over the next five years and to remain in current
Hispanic hot zones like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas,
and Las Vegas.
- Nine states are home to a higher than average share of Latino/Hispanics;
New Mexico, California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New York,
New Jersey, Nevada, and Colorado.
- The Latino population is segmented by region or country
- Hispanic/Latino total = 35, 305, 818
- Mexican = 20,640,711
- Puerto Rican = 3,406,178
- Cuban =1,241,685
- Dominican = 764,945
- Central American total 1,686,937
- Made up of people of Salvdoran, Panamanian, Honduran,
Nicaraguan, Costa Rican, or other central American
- South American total 1,353,562
- Made up of people of Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian,
Argentinean, Venezuelan, Chilean, Bolivian, Uruguayan,
Paraguayan, other South American descent
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- The white population is projected to grow by less than 2%
between 2002 2007, far slower than minority groups.
- Generations of whites are often defined by consumer groups,
due to the size of the white population, which is 75.1% of
the overall population.
- Generation Z (under age 5) 12 million
- Generation Y (5-24) 55 million
- Generation X (25-34) 28 million
- Baby Boomers (35-54) 64 million
- Empty Nesters (55-64) 20 million
- Seniors (65 +) 30 million
- Only 10 states have a higher than average share of Asians,
and they are those states with a high diversity quotient.
They include such states as California, New York, Maryland.
- The Asian population is poised to explode over the next
five years, increasing by 27%.
- The term Asian-American is a sweeping term for various people
of Asian heritage. It includes but is not limited to Chinese
(2.7 million), Filipino (2.3 million), Asian Indian (1.8 million),
Korean (1.2 million), Vietnamese (1.2 million), Japanese (1.1
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- Native American growth is expected to outpace Hispanic growth
over the next five years.
- Many Native Americans live outside metro areas, but those
who live in metro areas with more than a million population
tend to be in the West. For example, Oklahoma City has four
times the national average of Native Americans
- Native Americans are clustered in states with high white
population and where reservations are located, such as North
and South Dakota.
- Multiracial population is highest in Hawaii and California.
- The multiracial population is highest among the young, of
close to 6 million multiracial people, nearly 4 million are
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Volunteer Program Evaluation Series
|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
Resources for Managers
People who manage volunteers are called on to exhibit
expertise in topics as diverse as creativity and innovation to ethics.
Makes the steps in recruiting volunteers seem like a 'cake walk.' The
people at ManagementHelp know what you need and have provided it.
The web site http://www.managementhelp.org/ has 72 topics on managing
people, which go to the heart of retaining volunteers. The site has links
to other sites on each topic, articles that map out how to do things,
and good commonsense advice. VT author Michael Stills recommends it highly.
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Recruiting and The Yellow Pages
Directions: Can the Yellow Pages help you with
recruiting? Take this quiz to see what you know about them and then see
how they might help you with finding volunteers. Answer true or false
for each of the questions listed below.
|| The Yellow Pages was first published in 1876
|| The advent of online Yellow Pages has made the
paper ones obsolete.
|| Some ads pull in as many as 900 calls per year.
|| Yellow page users are driven by need and are ready
|| Yellow Page users are often senior citizens.
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More Information about Recruiting
and The Yellow Pages
The Yellow Pages is a potential source of new volunteers.
The quiz you took emphasizes the impact of ads placed in this "household
name" form of advertising. When people pick up the Yellow Pages they
are ready buyers. A listing about volunteer programs, with appropriate
information, might bring volunteers to your organization. What do you
need to do?
- Call the local Yellow Pages
to get information on the different types of ads available and
the costs. Be sure to ask if they will include a section in
the directory titled "Volunteers." If they say no,
tell them it would influence your willingness to purchase an
- Plot a grid to show the
cost of the ad in various formats.
- Design a display ad. Get information from Yellow Pages to
demonstrate why paying a bit more for a display ad might be
- Compare the cost of a
display ad with other commonly used recruiting methods; i.e.,
making a presentation to a service club; costs include, staff
time in preparation, cost of print material, cost to drive to
location, staff time in presentation, follow-up costs, and the
like. Be sure to compare the number of people impacted by different
- Budget to have a listing
for pre-set time to test its impact. No less than three years.
- Take the plan to management/administration
DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE
The Points of Light Foundation has forms available
to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points
of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate
unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen
action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children
and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future.
The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays.
If you would like nomination forms, contact Crystal Hill at 202-729-8000.
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals
can be connected to their local volunteer center. This is a national
interactive call routing system designed to get volunteers connected
to people who can help them volunteer.
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