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Volunteer Management Certificate Program Wins Third Award
Congratulations to Washington State Universitys Volunteer Management Certificate Program on winning its third and fourth awards in as many years. The online certificate program for managers of volunteer programs was awarded the National Excellence in Teamwork Award by the state of Washington and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. The state award was presented at the state conference and the national award will be given in November to Dr. Jan Hiller, a faculty member with the certificate program.
Web Optimization Assessments Launched
MBA Publishing launches a web optimization assessment service this month. Optimization assessments include, but are not limited to, such things as: site content and organization, web search inventory, web writing analysis, code authoring and web authoring, and linking analysis. Volunteer programs wishing to enhance such things as recruiting via a web site are provided detailed and specific information to optimize each site. Reports are presented in formats appropriate for immediate use by web writers, webmasters, or IT professionals. Visit our Bookstore for more information.
AmeriCorps Out of Catholic Schools
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has been told it must stop financing programs that place volunteers in Catholic schools, according to US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler. The Corporation was sued because it was alleged that federal money was being used improperly to pay for teaching of Christian values through programs such as the University of Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education.
The Corporation maintains that its funding was for the secular part of the activities, not the religious teaching and daily Mass and prayer service that were also part of the program. Judge Kessler said the line between religious and secular had become "completely blurred." She noted that the government did not monitor programs sufficiently to ensure they were mostly secular.
Macduff to Speak in Atlanta, GA and Frankfort, KY
Nancy Macduff, publisher and senior writer for Volunteer Today, is presenting workshops on managing volunteers in Atlanta, Georgia and Frankfort, Kentucky in September 2004. For more details visit the Events page of this newsletter.
UN Launches French and Spanish Sites On Volunteering
The United Nations (UN) has launched French and Spanish versions of its monthly newsletter, "Global Volunteer Update." The newsletter paints a global snapshot of volunteer initiatives around the world. It includes news, events, articles, and resources. It is web-based and the address is http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/news/index.htm.
Survey of Volunteers with a Mental Illness
Rosanna Tarsiero, of Bipolar Dream, has asked Volunteer Today to announce a survey she is conducting to test the current practices around volunteering for those with mental illnesses. The study proposes to assess if there is a stigma attached to those who volunteer for mental health causes, the motivations of this type of volunteer, health benefits of such volunteering, and management volunteer practices that could help accommodate people who have a mental illness.
The survey will be posted on SurveyMonkey.com after August 15, 2005. For more information and to get the link to this survey, contact Tarsiero at: email@example.com.
See our online bookstore for John D. Weaver's book on a related topic: An Untapped Resource: Working with Volunteers Who Are Mentally Ill.
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