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~ January 2003 ~ Topics

Dear Readers:

The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to pause and reflect on your successes and what you want to do differently this year. Don’t miss this opportunity for reflection!
  • Book an appointment with yourself
  • Close your door or go to the library where you won’t be interrupted.
  • Make a list of your proudest moments and special accomplishments last year.
  • Consider why they are special and what can be replicated again this year.
  • Then set some goals for yourself and your volunteer program for 2003.
  • Keep it simple and achievable.

Best wishes for continued success in this New Year!


Dear Connie:
I'm currently in a college course and I am giving a speech on how important it is to volunteer. Can you give me a quote that concurs with this topic and that I can use? Thanks!



Dear Kevin:
My two favorite volunteerism quotes are:

  • "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

  • "You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."
    --Winston Churchill

For more quotes, visit http://www.energizeinc.com. Click on "Collective Wisdom" (right-hand column) and then on "Quotes" under the heading "Reflections." You'll find three long pages of quotes about volunteerism, helping/caring, and community service.

Dear Connie:
What do you think are the top ten motivators for youth volunteers? I coordinate volunteers in a mid-size hospital with two long-term care facilities.



Dear Kathy:

Here are my top 10 motivators for youth volunteers:

  1. fun
  2. friends (affiliation)
  3. fun
  4. recognition (achievement)
  5. new experiences
  6. get out of the house
  7. fun
  8. independence (power)
  9. curiosity
  10. to make a difference

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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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Connie Pirtle
Strategic Nonprofit Resources
2939 Van Ness Street, NW - Suite 1248
Washington, DC 20008
VOICE: 202-966-0859
FAX: 202-966-3301
EMAIL: AskConnieP@cs.com

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