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Age and Volunteers in Membership Organizations
Volunteers are the backbone of clubs and fraternal organizations. 56% of Americans belong to some type of an association. The current statistics show that the older you are the more likely you are to be a member of a club. Here are some facts on the ages of those in various types of clubs. (Research from Simmons Market Research Bureau of New York)
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Reaching Those New Volunteers
What media sources are you using to recruit volunteers or promote your program? Who are you trying to reach with your efforts? Are you convinced that Internet based recruiting techniques are the way to go? Here are some facts that might convince you that a mixed media effort is still the best plan for most volunteer programs.
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for: Recruiting and Retention: A Marketing Approach, by Nancy Macduff.
The Power of the Cell Phone
Cell phones were once the way to spot the harried businessperson. Striding
confidently down the street or airport jet way, talking quickly into their
cell phone set these people apart. The fact is that by 2002 the cell phone
was more pervasive an influence in the American family than the computer.
In a research study by Pew, 59% of Americans were logged on to the Internet,
while 62% were using a cell phone. Last year at this time 50% of all teens
between 12 17 had cell phones. African-Americans have taken the
lead in cell phone use. Fully 75% of those between 12 34 have cell
What is the point of these numbers? Volunteer program managers need to
do several things to stay on top of this technology. Here are some tips.
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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.
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