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| ~ October 2002~ Topics
- Volunteers in Education - a Reader's Contribution
- Volunteer Reflections
- Church Volunteerism
- Mission Statements
In one of my summer columns I answered a question about setting up a volunteer
program in her school. Here's a letter from another reader suggesting
an additional resource, the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.
http://www.ocri.ca/education/vie.html. You'll find excellent resources
and information on utilizing volunteers in education, including two handbooks
that you can download in Adobe format. Check it out!
I read the question from the volunteer who was looking for assistance
in setting up a strong volunteer program within her school. Eight years
ago we developed a citywide program to recruit, screen, and match non-parent
volunteers from the community. Currently almost 1600 volunteers are
active within 235 schools!
Please feel free to direct any managers of volunteers within educational
institutions to our website http://www.ocri.ca/education/vie.html, which
provides resources for both school staff and a handbook for the volunteers.
Some of the statistical information has not yet been updated from last
year but that does not affect the resources. Hopefully this will be
of some help.
Sarah H. Cook
I am the 2nd LT at a Volunteer Rescue Squad, and I am looking for a
volunteer prayer to use in our thank you letters to people who support
us. Thank you!
Here are a few of my favorite volunteer reflections. You'll find many
more at the Energize, Inc. site. http:// www.energizeinc.com. Just click
on "Recognition" in the right-hand column on the home page.
One tip: be sure to keep good records of which reflections you use from
year to year or campaign to campaign to avoid "recycling"
too frequently. Click on the following link, Volunteer
Poem/Quotes, to connect to a printable page of just the poem/quotes.
|"All that we send into the
lives of others comes back into our own."
|"A candle loses nothing
of its light when lighting another."
|"Volunteers don't necessarily
have the time, but they have the heart."
|"The main quality of leadership....is
courage! If you can dream it, you can do it!"
||--Walter Elias Disney
|"Blessed is the influence
of one true, loving human soul on another."
|"One is not born into the
world to do everything but to do something."
||--Henry David Thoreau
|"We make a living by what
we get, we make a life by what we give."
|"The gift of time is priceless."
is the work you do.
is how you always come through.
sincere and full of good cheer,
in your efforts throughout the year.
are the contributions you make.
in every project you take.
to reach your every goal.
in the way you fulfill your role.
with a smile like a shining star,
and wonderful-that's what you are.
I will be presenting on "church volunteers" for a conference
of ministers. Can you suggest specific resources? Thanks.
There are several resources for information on church volunteerism that
- The Alban Institute, http://www.alban.org, provides a variety of
resources for congregations of all types. Check out their books and
their seminars. Don't miss "Sharing the Ministry: A Practical
Guide for Transforming Volunteers into Ministers" by Jean M.
Trumbauer. "Moving beyond the 'fill 'em and forget 'em' volunteer
recruitment model, the author presents a new paradigm of volunteer
ministry which emphasizes shared ministry and each member's unique
- Energize, Inc., http://www.energizeinc.com, offer several books
on church volunteerism, including "Church Puzzle Game."
- At Amazon, http://www.amazon.com, a search for books on "church
volunteers" provides 26 titles from mobilizing to managing to
I have been working with a struggling volunteer program for a couple of
months. I trace the majority of the challenges back to lack of a coherent
vision. One remedy I would like to employ is having both staff and volunteers
work a program mission statement; both groups working separately then
coming together on the final draft. A mission statement currently exists,
but few know of it, and ha not been revisited for several years. Do you
have any suggestions for facilitating this process?
Matt at The Nature Center
I applaud your approach to revisiting your program's mission statement!
Involving both volunteers and staff in reviewing it is an important first
step since they are partners in achieving it. Some questions for your
group to consider are:
- What is our organization's mission statement?
- Does the volunteer program mission statement support it?
- Is our mission statement current?
- How do we currently meet our mission? (products, services, activities)
- What do we need/want to do differently in the future?
- How will that affect our mission statement?
Mary Merrill at Merrill Associates, http://www.merrillassoc.com,
has an excellent article on "Developing A Philosophy of Volunteer
Involvement." Just click on "Topics of the Month" and scroll
down the left column until you find this title.
Another resource is Nonprofit Expert, http://www.nonprofitexpert.com
, where you'll find three books on mission statements, an article on what
a mission statement should say, and examples of mission statements. Just
scroll down the categories on the left side and click on "Mission
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Do you have a question? Now you too
can ask an expert!
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources,
has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted
and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral,
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association
for Volunteer Administration.
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