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~ June 2003 Topics ~

Mosaic Right Arrow Image Volunteer Today Launches New Page for Government Volunteer Managers Mosaic Left Arrow Image

Beginning with the May issue of Volunteer Today, those who manage volunteer programs for cities, states, the federal government, the military, commissions or districts will find special help available. The “Government” page introduced three new writers and a returnee to the pages of Volunteer Today.

Each month a new writer, at a different level of government, offers hints, tips, ideas, and comments on working with volunteers at that level of government. All four levels of government stay accessible, not being move to Archives for four months, so there is always something available that is fresh and informative for your level of government. By August there will be articles for the basic levels of government; local (city/county), state, federal, and military.

The writers are experienced volunteer managers, with three of them doing that work on a daily basis. Here are some brief biographies.


Local (City and County). Georgean Johnson-Coffey-is coordinating this effort and writing the local pages. She is currently serving as a trainer and consultant on volunteerism from home base in Indiana. She is the former Director of Volunteers with a county library system.
State. Susan Emley is the Director of Volunteers for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Susan has decades of experience managing volunteers in a statewide program. She is an experienced trainer and consultant to other state programs in the Northwest.
Federal. Margaret Styles is an Interpretive Park Ranger with the National Park Service and coordinates volunteers for Eugene O’Neill House in California. She is relatively new to volunteer management, but brings experience in the “museum” type area of volunteer administration.
Military. Judy Morrow has worked for a long time coordinating volunteers for Air Force programs from Edwards Air Force Base in California. Her experience is wide and deep for those who work in the military volunteering arena.

Please visit the new Government pages designed by Webmaster Lori Corbett and written with style, wit and lots of good information.

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Mosaic Right Arrow Image Points of Light Announce Conference in June Mosaic Left Arrow Image

The Points of Light Foundation announces its national conference, Building a Culture of Service: Neighbor-to-Neighbor, June 8 to 10, 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland. If you are a leader seeking ways to connect people through volunteering or national service, or if you recruit, manage or train volunteers, this conference is for you.
To learn more about the wealth of workshops, seminars, featured speakers, opportunities for networking, visit http://www.points of light.org/conference.

Mosaic Right Arrow Image Conference for Directors of Library Programs Mosaic Left Arrow Image

Do you manage a library volunteer program? Here is a conference for you. Prior to the Association for Volunteer Administration in October (see above), the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are hosting a conference, "Building Library Volunteer Resources: Successful Approaches for Excellent Service" on October 15, 2003. Nationally recognized library volunteerism experts will share strategies and techniques for highly effective library programs using real life models and examples. Staff from all types of libraries will network, share insights, and explore ways to build volunteer involvement.
For more information on this conference contact: Georgean Johnson-Coffey at georgeanjc@aol.com or call 260-338-1414 or Mary Merrill at marymerrill@merrillassociates.net or call 614-262-8219.

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Mosaic Right Arrow Image eBay Partners for Charity Mosaic Left Arrow Image

The world’s most well known auction “house” has signed a partnering agreement with MissionFish, an online charity auction site, to manage its charity fund-raising program beginning later in 2003. The agreement means that anyone selling on eBay will be able to donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity he or she selects. MissionFish collects donations from the buyer and distributes them to the charity. This move dramatically increases the number of charities who can make use of eBay listings to raise money for their organizations. For more information, visit MissionFish http://www.missionfish.org/ebay.


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