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~ February 2004 ~ Topics

Dictionaries Are Trend Trackers

What do Blog, Botox, Identify theft, and Amber Alert have in common? They are likely to make it into the 2004 version of a dictionary. According to Mike Agnes, Editor-in-Chief of the Webster’s Hip sunglasses ImageNew World Dictionary, words need to be in widespread use over a three year period to become a candidate for a dictionary listing. Other words he says are likely to make it this year: nanotube, transparency (with a new definition), and supersize. Can you define these words? If you can’t, how “hip” is your recruiting effort? (For definitions visit the VT page “Recruiting and Retention.” The Answer Key is there.)



63.8 Million Volunteers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking the level of volunteering among Americans in 2002. The Bureau uses the Current Population Survey, which is a monthly poll of 60,000 US households concerning employment and related matters. Here are some of the results of the most recent survey. Be sure to share the results with paid staff and those who plan recruiting activities. The numbers provide a glimpse into where the volunteers of tomorrow might be found. In addition to the statistics below, you can see the numbers by education and employment. Copies of the report are available at http://stats.bls.gov/news.release/volun.toc.htm.

Who is Volunteering and For How Long?
2002
2003

Number
% of Population
Median Annual Hours
Number
% of Population
Median Annual Hours
TOTAL
59,783,000
27.4
52
63,791,000
28.8
52
Category - Gender
Men
24,706,000
23.6
52
26,805,000
25.1
52
Women
35,076,000
31
50
36,987,000
32.2
52
Category - Race
White
52,591,000
29.2
52
55,572,000
30.6
52
Black
4,896,000
19.1
52
5,145,000
20
52
Asian
n/a
n/a
n/a
1,735,000
18.7
40
Hispanic
4,059,000
15.5
40
4,364,000
15.7
40
Category - Age
16 - 19
4,276.000
26.9
40
4,758,000
29.5
40
20 - 24
3,467,000
17.8
36
3,912,000
19.7
45
25 - 34
9,574,000
24.8
33
10,337,000
26.5
36
35 - 44
14,971,000
34.1
52
15,165,000
34.7
50
45 - 54
12,477,000
31.3
52
13,302,000
32.7
52
55 – 64
7,331,000
27.5
60
8,170,000
29.2
60
65 +
7,687,000
22.7
96
8,146,000
23.7
88

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New Resource On Managing Volunteers

To Lead is to Serve: How to Attract Volunteers and Keep Them, by Shar McBee is now available at the Volunteer Today Bookstore. The book provides practical information on holding effective meetings, inspiring volunteers, strategies to be welcoming, practicing listening skills, developing effective teams, and setting goals. There are exercises to integrate the principles of the book into the operation of a volunteer program. There are nine tips on overcoming obstacles. Check out this new publication. Books Image


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