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~ August 2004 ~ Topics

Bullet Image Volunteer Management Certificate Program Wins Third Award Bullet Image

Congratulations to Washington State University’s 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.

Plan an EDU-VACATION - April 26-29, 2005

Training for managers of volunteers, leading to a certificate, is being held April 26-29, 2005. Sponsored by Washington State University, the Volunteer Management Certificate Program will be held in Port Hadlock, Washington, in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Topics include:

Recruitment Evaluation
Training Management and Supervision
Recognition Risk Management
Diversifying the Volunteer Pool The Internet as the Manager's Next Best Friend

Interactive Case Models based on student process is the focus of Learning Activities.
For more information, visit the website at: http://www.emmps.wsu.edu/volunteer.

Bullet Image Web Optimization Assessments Launched Bullet Image

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.

Bullet Image AmeriCorps Out of Catholic Schools Bullet Image

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 Dame’s 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.

Bullet Image Macduff to Speak in Atlanta, GA and Frankfort, KY Bullet Image

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.

Bullet Image UN Launches French and Spanish Sites On Volunteering Bullet Image

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.

Bullet Image Survey of Volunteers with a Mental Illness Bullet Image

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: lobster@bipolardream.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.
View details of An Untapped Resource

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