Are you aware of any state governments (particularly Public Health sections)
that have volunteer programs? I am thinking about starting a "sage
project" here in Alaska where we can tap into those who have recently
retired or those who want to come to Alaska to volunteer. It appears
this is a new idea because every time I bring it up, I get some real
blank looks. However, I think I could sell the idea if I could refer
to another state that may already have a program in place.
Thanks for your time,
in Juneau, Alaska
Some states still have volunteer offices, although many have been closed
due to budget constraints. I suggest you post your question to a listserv
(GOV-VPM) designed specifically for government volunteer programs. You
can join the list and post your message at http://listserv.pointsoflight.org.
Click on "Online List Archives" and then on the "Government"
list. The GOV-VPM list is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation
VolunteerToday.com website has recently added a section on Government
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I belong to an all-volunteer organization whose membership is shifting
from stay-at-home mothers who can work during the day to full-time working
women who can volunteer only on weekends and in the evenings. Are there
any books that can guide us on how best to manage this evolving volunteer
Our society HAS changed dramatically from the time when people (mostly
women) could volunteer on a full-time basis on weekdays. Volunteer program
managers have responded to this change by "retooling" their
volunteer tasks to accommodate these "episodic" volunteers.
has written an excellent book on utilizing episodic volunteers, "Episodic
Volunteering: Building the Short-Term Volunteer Program." It's
available for sale ($9.25) on the Volunteer Today website. Heres
a preview of what youll find in it:
Volunteers include anyone who gives service for less than 12 months.
There are three categories of such volunteers:
one time service an
d you do not see the volunteer again.
person volunteers forseveral months, usually less than six (committee
members for short-lived committees, college interns, and the like).
these are the volunteers who come for two events each year, one
in the spring and one in the fall. They are with the organization
for long periods of time, but their service is "episodic"
you, I don't think everyone should adopt my terms, but rather adapt
them to their own program. The point of all this is that 41% of volunteers
in the U.S. are volunteering episodically. People who volunteer for
different periods of time should be doing vastly different types of
jobs. That means different types of recruiting, screening, training,
supervision, and recognition."
I placed an Internet ad for volunteers and I am getting an overwhelming
response that I did not expect. Now, I need to scramble to put together
a volunteer packet and an orientation for these new and eager individuals.
I would like to be able to provide them with the necessary information
about our organization and also collect from them all of their pertinent
data. I have been looking on the Internet and was able to put some ideas
to you is, "Do you know of any resources where I can get pre-formulated
forms and applications that I could then modify to my needs?"
Many volunteer programs have their application online now. I suggest
you "surf" around the websites of some organizations in your
area to see what your "competitors" have online for applications.
Also, check out the Montgomery County (MD) Recycling Center volunteer
application online at http://www.mcrecycles.org/volunteer/new_vol_registration.htm.
It's a good one.
for your questions!