VolunteerToday.com ~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
Volunteer Today Remodels Its Bookstore
Interested in books or kits on working with volunteers or boards? Visit the newly "remodeled" Volunteer Bookstore. You can order online, using a credit card, behind a secure "fire wall." You can see pictures of the books and read about the content. And shipping is your choice-fast or pony express!
The snappy new design is due to Laura Bunt our intrepid Web Master, Ruben Bybee of Blue Mountain Internet, and Sara Strickland-the scanner master! It is also so you can find resources in a timely way to run your program more effectively. Click on the Bookstore link in the main menu.
Barron Award for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is designed to recognize young people from diverse backgrounds who have show extraordinary leadership in making our world better. The work can be through such things as helping people, protecting the environment, halting violence, or leading important service work. Nominees need to be the prime movers of the service activity and demonstrate positive spirit and high moral purpose in achieving their goals. Winners receive $2000. Nominations are due May 31, 2002. For more information http://www.barronprize.org/criteria/index.html.
The Reach of the Volunteer Manager
A man who works in a public park-big one-has recently been given the responsibility for managing the park's volunteers. He has worked with volunteers in the past, but was not directly involved in the day-to-day duties to recruit, train, manage, and recognize volunteers. Now, he has this new assignment and works in a remote area with no volunteer center nearby or other colleagues to help him over those rough spots.
He has a helper, Stephanie, and she does not even know it. In the man's off hours, he is an active volunteer for an organization with a full time volunteer manager. As he talked of his new life as a volunteer manager he said, "When I have a tough problem or a volunteer dilemma, I ask myself, 'What would Stephanie do?'" He went on to say that Stephanie, the volunteer manager, made sure everyone felt special, was needed, well-equipped to do their job, and never abandoned. He figured if he followed her lead, he would not go wrong.
Volunteer managers are often role
models for others, sometimes unknowingly. Ask yourself if you are setting
a good example that others should emulate, because somebody is likely
doing just that.
Did You Know???
Independent Sector places the value of a volunteer hour of service at $16.05.
Join Hands Day
Join Hands Day, June 15, 2002, is sponsored by various
fraternal benefits organizations throughout the US and the Points of Light
Foundation. It is a national day of service that targets and develops
relationships between young people and adults through neighborhood volunteering.
It is aimed at adults and youth working together in partnership. Last
year 107,000 people participated in 4000 communities.
Keeping Your Records Safe and Sound
Most volunteer programs have a large computer database with addresses, hours served, awards presented, and other vital information. What if you lost it tomorrow? (Are you groaning???). Here are steps to insure that the database is safe and sound:
WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home.
For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.
ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER MANAGERS SEEKS MEMBERS
The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer programs in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information exchange. NAAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities.
Cost is $20 for individuals and $75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project.
For more information contact Glenis Chapin, who is a member of the Executive Committee. She can be reached by phone at 503-588-7990. Be sure to mention you read about this in Volunteer Today.
Copyright 2002 by Nancy Macduff.