The New Wave of Volunteers
They were born from 1965 1976, came of age as alienated risk-takers, burned out young, and are turning into pragmatic mid-lifers. These are the views of Generation X expressed in the pages of American Demographics. They are the new crop of volunteers. The more you know about them, the easier to target specific types of volunteer positions in their direction. Here are some observations from American Demographics, May 2004.
More information on Generation X can be found in the May issue of American Demographics at http://www.demographics.com.
What Is It That Constitutes A Professional Volunteer Program? Part One
Organizing the volunteer program to gain professional respect requires a systematic completion of activities that lead to an end. Decades of research and experience by managers of volunteer 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 well in place. Review this list and see how your program is doing.
Our August issue brings Part Two of the Elements of Effective Volunteer Programs.
Lost a Phone Number! Use Reverse Look-Up
You have a name and no phone number! What is a body to do? Reverse look-up! There are two online services for Canada and the US that can look up the phone numbers with a name and address. And they arent the only ones.
Next time you find yourself without a needed phone number, try a reverse look-up at Infospace at http://www.inforspace.com/info/reverse.htm or Anywho at http://www.anywho.com/rl.html.
Looking for a new source of volunteers? Check out the web site Single Volunteers, Inc. at http://www.singlevolunteers.org. They are an international organization designed to encourage singles to volunteer, with chapters in the United States, Canada and Australia. There are chapters in Boston, Baltimore, San Diego, Washington, DC, Calgary, Richmond, and many more.
Local sites provide information on volunteer projects to members who sign up. As of this July 2004, there are 1000+ members in Boston, MA, who's chapter has arranged discounts for classes at the venerable Boston Center for Adult Education.
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.
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