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A PRACTICAL APPROACH by Mary Kay Hood. Written especially for the beginner,
this book provides a quick reference for the practical aspects of managing
a volunteer program.
employers around the world have Employee Volunteer Programs. From Thailand
to Tupelo employees of IBM can engage in civic activities with the blessing
and encouragement of their employer. Some businesses even provide paid
time per month for volunteers. It can be anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, and
the business usually provides incentives in the form of hats, t-shirts,
and other memorabilia.
about the small business of less than a dozen employees, many of who work
part time, who want to volunteer? A volunteer program manager needs to
thing creatively to help the owners of those small businesses see the
benefit of volunteering on morale and practical ways it can be done without
reducing the companys business effectiveness.
excellent idea is for the group to engage in a project which benefits
the community, but requires the time of only one person to deliver the
goods. For example, if each person who had a home vegetable
garden planted an extra row in their garden, the excess produce could
be donated to a local food bank. Food
banks and religious organization that provide food to the poor in cities
around the world are being strained by the down turn in economies and
the move of the poor to large urban area. What better way to help out?!
The business could designate two people to team up to coordinate donations from the individuals in the workplace. They would work with the food bank and arrange for delivery of perishable products. This is an easy and practical way for the small business to have its own employee volunteer program.
Volunteering In the USA
women volunteer than men (31% to 23%). The volunteer rate of college
graduates is four times that of high school dropouts. Volunteers spend
about 52 hours a year volunteering. Employed people are more likely
to volunteer than the unemployed or those not in the labor force. Who
The United State Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported on a study by the Current Population Survey between September 2001 to September 2002. This is a survey of 60,000 households that obtains information on employment and unemployment for those over age 16.
are some facts they uncovered:
For more details and full statistics visit http://www.bls.gov/cps/home.htm. The survey is the first listing under the "Other" category.
Value of Volunteer Hour
The value of a volunteer hour is $16.54, according to Independent Sector. This hourly value is updated annually and is based on the average hourly earnings of all non-agricultural workers, as determined by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
High Tech and High Touch
in technology makes us all more efficient, but can create barriers between
people. How can you use technology to enhance the communication level
between people? Here are some tips.
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