Definition of a Volunteer
Mary Lynn Perry
definition of a volunteer may seem simple, but when we got all our departmental
coordinators together to discuss this, it turned out to be a lot more
complex. We started with this definition, A volunteer is defined
as a non-salaried individual who offers services to a city department
or affiliated non-profit agency. We then expanded it by looking
at the terms of service as a way to define different groups of volunteers
and then created the list below. As you read our list, you might see many
of the types of volunteers who support your agency. Managing a volunteer
program has become very complex with an assortment of individuals and
groups supporting the overall effort. Each type requires a different approach
and all have value to the overall team.
Volunteer Today's guest writer for the January 2004 Local Government Programs page is Mary Lynn Perry. She is the Volunteer coordinator for the City of Sacramento, California and has an extensive background working with volunteers and student interns. This includes serving as volunteer coordinator for the Museum of African Art, as education specialist with the Smithsonian Institution coordinating student interns throughout the museum complex, as executive director of Business Volunteers for the Arts in Sacramento and most recently as Volunteer Services Manager for Shriners Hospitals for Children. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in art history from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER MANAGERS SEEKS MEMBERS
The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer programs in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information exchange. NAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities. Cost is $20 for individuals and $75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government members but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly newsletter, national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project. For more information contact Robin Popik, who is a Volunteer Resource Supervisor. She can be reached by phone at 972-941-7114. Be sure to mention you read about this in Volunteer Today.
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