Can you tell me what is the theme for the 2005 National Volunteer Week?
The 2005 theme is "Inspire by Example." If you're interested in promotional materials to use that week, visit Points of Light Foundation.
I am currently taking a class in volunteering at Wayne State University. I tried to surf the Internet on volunteer record keeping. Why it is important, what is the advantage and disadvantage in record keeping? How much information do you need to record? However, I am unsuccessful in obtaining this information. Will you please provide me with a web site that has information on record keeping? Thank you very much!
Keeping records on volunteers is very important to the success of any volunteer program. First, there are records on individual volunteers that include their contact information, emergency contact, etc. Next, most volunteer program managers keep a demographic profile of volunteers that includes their skills, interests, and availability to volunteer (day of the week, time, etc.). Most program managers also keep track of the hours that volunteers work. This is important to document the "value added" that volunteers bring to an institution as well as for any award system a manager may use to recognize volunteers who work extraordinary hours.
There are many articles on record keeping on the Volunteer Today site. Just click on "Archives Search" and type in "record keeping." Among the articles, you'll find one on "Keeping Your Records Safe and Sound."
I have been asked to speak on "What is a Volunteer?" at a meeting of a festival association. What I would like to do is lead them into being able to make volunteers return by having them think on what you need to do to make that volunteer happy. I would like some information on how not to treat a volunteer, like not talking behind each other's back. Also, if a volunteer makes a mistake, how he should be corrected.
Retaining volunteers is an art and a science. You may want to include in your speech one of my favorite lists of how to retain volunteers.
To retain volunteers they need:
You may also want to include some ideas from this list on what volunteers can do if you let them:
There is an excellent article on "Why Volunteers?" at Mary Merrill's site. It contains some good ideas that you may want to include in your presentation too.
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