What Is It That Constitutes A Professional Volunteer Program? Part Two
Organizing the volunteer program to gain professional respect and ease of managing requires a systematic completion of activities that lead to an end. Decades of research and experience by managers of volunteers provides an outline of what must exist in order to consider a volunteer program truly professional. In a three part series "Volunteer Today" lists the elements of such programs and the benchmarks that demonstrate the element is in place. Review this list and see how your program is doing.
September issue brings Part Three of the Elements of Effective Volunteer Programs.
Managing Generation Y. Are You Prepared?
Generation Y are those individuals born after 1977, the oldest of whom are now 27. In a survey of college students these were things listed as being desireable in a work environment. Certainly some can be applied to the volunteer "work" experience.
Writing the Recommendation Letter for a Volunteer
Managers of volunteer programs are often asked to write recommendation letters for volunteers; high school students applying to college, college students applying to graduate school, students seeking job references, employed volunteers making a job change, etc. The first place to start is deciding if you can write a letter of whole-hearted support. If you cannot, diplomatically tell the person you are not the best person to write a letter. You can suggest that someone who has seen more specific skills related to what they are applying for is likely to be more appropriate as a recommendation writer. If you decide to write the letter here are some tips to help make it an effective letter.
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for: The One Minute Answer to Volunteer Management Questions by Mary Kay Hood and Volunteer Recruiting & Retention, A Marketing Approach, by author and managing editor Nancy Macduff. For more information, check out these books and more at our online bookstore.
DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE
The Points 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, call 202-729-8000.
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals
can be connected to their local volunteer center.
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