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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs at the local level, including information for cities, counties, boards, commissions, and districts.

~ September 2005 ~ Topics

Local Connection with USA Local Freedom Corps

The USA Freedom Corps website has a page volunteers in local government with lists resources. This State and Local Government page reads, "State and local agencies can play a meaningful role in helping to strengthen our communities by encouraging individuals to share their time, talents and compassion with those in need."

One interesting tool is the "Find a Volunteer Opportunity." Citizens type in a general interest and zip code. This search brings up volunteer opportunities listed through existing online volunteers services such as "VolunteerMatch," "ServeNET," and local United Way organizations. This shows another good reason to list city and county volunteer opportunities with these groups.

Multi-Cultural Topic of NAVPLG Pre-Conference at 2005 ICVA

"Eating Chimichangas in a Chinese Restaurant: How to Work Comfortably and Productively in a Multi-Cultural Environment," is the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government's pre-conference at the International Conference for Volunteer Administration, November 2, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Arlene Schindler, speaker and trainer in the field of volunteer management and the recipient of the AVA 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award, will lead a workshop on issues relating to working comfortably and productively in a multi-cultural environment. Information can be found on the NAVPLUG site.

Legal Aspects of Managing Volunteers

Legal issues of volunteer administration are always a hot topic. Managing Volunteers Within the Laws written by Charles Tremper, Anna Seidman and Suzanne Tufts is a great resource available through the Nonprofit Risk Management Center.

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was established in 1990 to provide assistance and resources for community-serving nonprofit organizations. As a nonprofit, the Center is uniquely positioned to both understand and respond to questions with practical, affordable suggestions for controlling risks that threaten a nonprofit's ability to accomplish its mission. A great resource!

Short description of this series: "Organizations are successful at achieving their mission when volunteers and staff are a team. Evaluate the elements of the relationships in your organization and outline the strategies to make things better."

Purchase this package by clicking on either of the following links, which will redirect you to a secure shopping site. Evaluation Only $25.00 and Evaluation & Consultation Package - Best Deal! $99.95 (Resource List not available on this package.)

The author of the Local Government Volunteer Programs page is Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
P.O. Box 15118 * Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5118 * Phone: 260-338-1414 * Fax: 260-338-1707
E-mail: georgeanjc@aol.com * Website: http://www.bluevisiontraining.com


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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