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International Conference on Volunteer Administration
Cincinnati, Ohio October 15 18, 2003 Consultations on the Management and Administration of Volunteer Programs,
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30 minute consultations with one of four experienced managers of volunteer
programs who are currently doing consulting and training on all aspects
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requesting a consultant and a time slot. We will post the updated schedules
daily (or more often if needed). Reservations will be based on a first
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as possible. Sign
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schedule, click here then email us for your reservation. Then visit
the MBA booth at the conference to meet your consultant. If slots are
available, you will be able to sign up at the conferencealso.
to see you at the 2003 ICVA Conference!
and appreciation of volunteers is not something you do to volunteers,
but is rather a climate in an organization of acknowledging the work of
everyone who contributes to the mission and purpose of the institution.
Organizations that engage in appreciating the work of everyone build a
working environment of trust and positive interaction between staff and
volunteers. Here are some hints on how to do that.
overall abilities. Each volunteer or paid staff member has overall
strengths; some have great far-reaching ideas, some are problem solvers,
others are good summarizers. Acknowledge those skills, not just projects
volunteers set goals. When volunteers set goals, and the means to
achieve them, they are more likely to
complete the tasks.Then recognition for a job well done is more meaningful.
carefully about awards that set people apart. Get volunteers to
set goals for their work. If they set goals and reach them, it is time
for celebration and a reward of some type. But, day to day, do not create
a competitive environment for volunteers.
volunteers and paid staff to say thanks. Create a brag board.
Make a simple and small paper form on which people can write a brag
about the work of a colleague. Easy to post and fun for others to read.
Keep some samples for the Volunteer Program Annual Report.
volunteers get to speak. Volunteers should be included in paid staff
meetings with the chance to tell of accomplishments. And volunteers
should include paid staff in meetings with the chance to say how well
the paid staff team is progressing on a project that impacts clients
or the work of volunteers.
in more information? Check out our online
bookstore for: "Volunteer Recruiting & Retention,"
by Nancy Macduff and "Recognizing Volunteers and Paid Staff,"
by Sue Vinyard.
can have wonderful opportunities, but also serious challenges. Here are
three situations, common in organizations with volunteers, that bring
big changes to the manager of volunteers programs. Check out the opportunities
each change offers and the potential challenges.
new leader, administrator, supervisor
Chance to educate someone new about the importance of the volunteers
to the organization.
2. Chance to move in new directions with new leadership goals. Get
out of ruts.
There will be new ways of working.
2. There will be changed expectations.
3. There may be a period of frustration for you and the new leader.
new service or program
Bringing in new people.
2. More publicity and exposure for the program.
3. High energy for existing volunteers and staff.
2. New connections with new people always presents challenges.
3. Making adaptations to new things can be challenging.
Make your work easier.
2. Make life easier for volunteers and paid staff.
3. Provide services more efficiently and effectively.
Get training at the head of the line.
2. Support others struggling with the change.
3. Giving up old ways.
of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers and volunteer
organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It is designed recognize
individuals and groups that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches
to community volunteering and citizen action, with a strong emphasis
on service focused on the goals for children and young people set by
the Presidents Summit for American's Future. The award is given five
days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like nomination forms,
1-800-VOLUNTEER By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S.,
individuals can be connected to their local volunteer center.
This is a national interactive call routing system designed to get
volunteers connected to people who can help them volunteer.