VolunteerToday.com ~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
~ October 2005 ~ Topics
In the wake of the disaster following hurricane Katrina,
Volunteer Today established a series of pages in service to those managing
the volunteer efforts in the Gulf States. In the wake of Hurricane Rita
we have a wider service area.
The purpose of the "Katrina" pages is to provide
assistance to anyone serving as a manager of volunteers in the stricken
area. There are first person accounts from volunteers and managers, substantive
information on coping with secondary trauma, links to useful sites, and
articles on managing under the direst of conditions. There is a listserv
for managers of volunteers to talk about what is happening, what it means,
ask questions and share ideas. The list is only available to those who
are working in the area of managing volunteers. That is to provide a bit
of privacy to people who want to vent (and vent they should!). If you
want to sign up for the listserv, visit the VTRelief
page. It will give you instructions.
Volunteer Today is also serving as a matching service for organizations seeking a substitute manager of volunteers to give current staff a break. This is aimed at those in the stricken area. Managers of volunteers interested in serving in the Manager of Volunteers Respite Corps are signing up to help their colleagues. About 30 people have completed the forms so organizations can contact them for possible placement in an organization in the Gulf States area. Go to the VT Homepage and click on the appropriate Respite Corps link. There is a page for organizations wanting volunteers and a page those wishing who wish to volunteer.
All this effort was made possible by 20 volunteers working quickly to offer suggestions, articles, links and heaps of time to make services available to managers of volunteers. Now, we need your help to get the word out about this service. If you have sister organizations in the affected area, please let them know what is happening and send them to Volunteer Today. Questions: email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employed Americans Value Volunteering
Corporate volunteer programs are supported by employees nation wide. A recent study by Deloitte & Touche USA discovered this by interviewing currently employed Americans.
AARP Asks About Giving and Volunteering
A survey by AARP of those over 45 years of age discovered the following:
Rural Philanthropy Grows
Since 1999 the number of community foundations with affiliates in rural areas has grown by 132%. There are over 3000 geographically affiliated funds according to the Aspen Institute. 75% of these make grants to groups in rural areas.
Affiliate funds behave like a freestanding community foundation, with local boards and fund raising goals. By collaborating with a larger community foundation, the local rural fund can reduce its overhead and legal costs, allowing them to operate on a shoestring.
The Aspen Institute surveyed 241 community foundations that collectively ran over 1000 affiliated groups. The result of the survey seems to indicate that rural areas are taking philanthropy into their own hands.
Several other groups have studied these same phenomena and have reports available.
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