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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs at the local level, including information for citites, counties, boards, commissions, and districts.

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More than Books:Volunteer Tasks for Library Volunteers

Librarian ImageNearly every community is served by a public library. All public libraries engage volunteers. The common thread of volunteer involvement in libraries is the board of trustees. After this, the tapestry of engaging volunteers broadens.

Here are just a few ways in which volunteers participate in public libraries:

+ Straightening and ordering of our shelves + Vertical file clipping
+ Covering new books + Rotation of paperback collections
+ Preparation for children's programs + Posting community information brochures
+ Computer training and orientation + Storytelling
+ Designing library informational brochures + Literacy tutors
+ Inventory medical collections + Inventory telephone directories
+ Label microfilm - for example, car manuals + Label and organize mail order catalogs
+ Label and organize periodicals + Label and organize income tax forms
+ Barcoding - for example, limited access materials + Bookstore/Book sale retail assistance
+ Maintain spreadsheet databases for various collections + Prepare the materials for shipping
+ Check-in the material + Shelf shifting
+ Adopt-a-Shelf + Data Entry
+ Deliver books to homebound patrons + Recycle newspapers
+ Assist with special events + Homework helper
+ Teach software classes + ESL tutoring
+ Office assistance + Lawn maintenance
+ Greeter + Local history docents
+ Holds processor + Book discussion leader

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Saving Taxpayer Dollars: Local Government Volunteers Chip-in

Let’s face it. One huge benefit to volunteer involvement in local government is that the contributions of these volunteers save tax payer money. Volunteers also contribute in ways that allows government professionals to be free to perform the jobs they are trained to do. In Allen County, Indiana, volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP) are involved in a number of ways with local government, thus forming a unique local-national volunteerism relationship.

Arrow Image Over 50 RSVP volunteers donate time two times a year to help at the Allen County Treasure’s Office in preparation of the property taxes. Volunteers prepare tax bills for mailing. Estimated savings to the county: $75, 000 per year.

Arrow Image A group of RSVP volunteers work with the Fort Wayne Police Department organizing and cataloging fingerprints in a hard card file for conversion to an electronic database. These volunteers have received training by the FBI in fingerprint classification. Volunteers donate over 800 hours per year. This not only keeps law enforcement costs down but also allows commissioned police officers who previously performed this work, to direct their attention back on the streets.

Arrow Image RSVP volunteers in regard to Homeland Security also assist the city of Fort Wayne and Allen County governments. In this joint effort a volunteer database is being developed identifying volunteers who have the skills to assist with local emergencies and crises.

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Check out the Volunteer Program Evaluation Program Series on Volunteer and Staff Relations.

Short description of this series: "Organizations are successful at achieving their mission when volunteers and staff are a team. Evaluate the elements of the relationships in your organization and outline the strategies to make things better."

Purchase this package by clicking on either of the following links, which will redirect you to a secure shopping site. Evaluation Only $25.00 and Evaluation & Consultation Package - Best Deal! $99.95 (Resource List not available on this package.)

The author of the Local Government Volunteer Programs page is Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
P.O. Box 15118 * Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5118 * Phone: 260-338-1414 * Fax: 260-338-1707
E-Mail: georgeanjc@aol.com * Website: http://www.bluevisiontraining.com


The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer programs in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information exchange. NAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities.
Cost is $20 for individuals and $75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project.
For more information contact Robin Popik, who is a Volunteer Resource Supervisor. She can be reached by phone at 972-941-7114. Be sure to mention you read about this in Volunteer Today.

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