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Who is Volunteering?
Independent Sector has released some of the early data on their biannual survey on giving and volunteering in the United States. The study was conducted between May and July of 2000. For the first time the study excluded those between age 18 and 21. This makes comparison with earlier studies problematic. Here are some of the results.
Combining for Good
Three giants in the cyber world have joined forces to create a full-service Web site for nonprofit and volunteer programs. The new site, http://networkforgood.org, brings together AOL Time Warner, Cisco Systems, and Yahoo! AOL previously ran Helping.org, it is now part of the new site. Cisco Systems, is hosting the new nonprofit, Network For Good, which is operating the site. A Cisco employee is serving on a volunteer basis as the President and CEO of the new organization. Yahoo! and 23 partnering nonprofits make up the full partnership.
The plan is for two portal sites-one for consumers and one for nonprofits. The site for nonprofits will collect and publish a broad range of information and tools that are available on the Internet. In some cases, they will develop new materials. It plans to let visitors know about making donations to the nearly 850,000 nonprofits registered with GuideStar.org. Charities get 100% of donations, because Cisco has lined up grants and in-kind support to fuel this megasite.
There is also a location where organizations can recruit volunteers through a database provided by VolunteerMatch. There is also an effort to boost online advocacy, by helping visitors locate elected officials and news reports on a variety of topics.
Increasing Professional Skills
Interested in increasing your professional volunteer management skills? Like to work online? The answer may be the Washington State University's Volunteer Management Certificate Program. This course is designed specifically for those who manage volunteers and includes practice examples and assignments directly related to volunteer programs. All assignments are based on an individual's organization of choice. It provides the opportunity to examine the way you recruit, train, manage, evaluate and recognize volunteers. Completion results in a university credential and new skills. Take a look at the Web site for more information at http://www.vmcp.wsu.edu.
Saying Thank You
A state government employee with the Department of Education wrote thank you postcards each day of his 25 +working life. He said, "Every day at least one person, and often more, contribute to the educational health of his/her community and thus the entire state. It is so easy to say thank you." This man, long retired, is a legend throughout his state, and one of its more famous educational leaders. Why?
He took personal time to hand write notes that were totally unexpected by the recipient. That small kindness of a very personal nature has a long reach and impact. Here are some personal ways to increase the reach and impact of your "thank you's."
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.