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VTNews Exclusive Information from Seattle June 17, 2006
Eighty-four managers of volunteers from programs large and small, national and international, consultants and trainers gathered Saturday afternoon, June 17, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle (during the National Community Service Conference of the Points of Light Foundation) to discuss professionalism and the future of an association for those who manage volunteers. They were joined by phone by 30 colleagues from Canada and the United States. For copy of the agenda click here.
The four-hour session began with a brief background on the difference between professional associations and resource producing support organizations by Susan Ellis of Energize, Inc. She compared the past history of professional associations with that of the network that exists for those who manage volunteers in health care facilities and medical centers. She followed up with a visual review of the establishment of associations related to the professional management of volunteers taken from the book By The People. (Ellis and Campbell) A copy of the chart can be viewed here.
Katie Campbell presented information on two of the Association for Volunteer Administrations programs, the Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) and the Journal of Volunteer Administration (JOVA). The Journal is now a publication of North Carolina State Universitys Department of Cooperative Extension. It will be an online journal and has been renamed the International Journal of Volunteer Administration (IJOVA). Dr. Dale Safrit, former JOVA Editorial Board member is the Editor of the new journal. A report on the journal can be found by clicking here.
Campbell continued her report with the status of the CVA program. A new nonprofit organization, the Council for Certification for Volunteer Administration (CCVA) has been founded to manage the continued credentialing of managers of volunteer programs. A report on this organization and its plans can be viewed here.
The VRM Roundtable, an offshoot of Charity
Channel, was created in March 2006 to electronically gather managers
of volunteers in a dialogue about what the future holds for a formation
of a professional association. Claudia Dalton, a member of a nine person
Leadership Team, presented a written report on the progress of pursuing
the vision of a new independent US association for managers of volunteer
resources. The primary achievement is the formation of nine teams to address
the issues related to the formation of an association. Each team has a
leader(s), with 100 people volunteering to serve on the various committees.
Those interested in this group can sign up to be part of the listserv
needs to visit the Charity Channel web site and sign up to be included.
Following the information session the 80+ individuals were divided into small groups to answer questions such as:
Small groups reported. This information will be collated
and reported on to the VRM Roundtable and Cybervpm listservs. Volunteer
Today, will post the information from the small group discussions on its
Web site as soon as it is available. Notices will be sent to subscribers
when it is posted.
There was considerable discussion following the
group reports about the existence of different groups who are working
toward the same aim of creating a professional association. Various people
spoke about the options of moving forward toward a consensus decision-making
effort to bring together the various efforts to form an association. There
were suggestions that more investigation of models for professional associations
Credible Health Information Web Sites
More and more consumers are turning to the Internet for health information. 42% of people in a recent survey said they believed the information they found to be credible, this according to the Medical Broadcasting Company and Nielson/Net Ratings survey. It was only 16% for other media like TV, newspapers, radio, or magazines.
Here is a list compiled by The Futurist magazine of sites deemed to be credible health information locations.
Volunteering By State: 2005
Utah is at the top and its neighbor Nevada is at the bottom, as far as the percentage of people giving voluntary service. The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service has completed an analysis of the data based on the Current Population Survey's (CPS) September Volunteering Supplement conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The overall average for US volunteer rates is 31%. But, in Utah close to 50% of the population is volunteering, while in Nevada the number was 21%.
The top five states for volunteering are Utah (49.88), Nebraska (43.24), Iowa (40.33), Minnesota (40.24), and North Dakota (40.01). The bottom five states are West Virginia (23.77), New York (23.30), Rhode Island (23.17), Louisiana (23.06), and Nevada (21.30).
The highest average number of hours volunteered in a year was 220.6 for Idaho, the lowest was 83.2 for North Dakota. The average age for volunteers was the 40's. The lowest average age was 40.7 in Georgia, with the highest in Delaware with 47.1.
These and other statistics on volunteerism are available at: http://rgkcenter.utexas.edu/investigator/archives/2006/06/000239.shtml. This from Volume 1, Issue 2, Winter 2005.
One Hospital's Volunteer Shortage
The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Volunteer Services Department at the Medical Center conducted a research project of 26 teaching hospitals across the US. 62% of those institutions experienced a shortage of adult non-student volunteers and 46% reported difficulties recruiting new adult non-student volunteers. One center reported the average age of its non-student volunteers was 82.
The hospitals reported a 52% increase in the total number of volunteers over the past five years, but it is attributed to a large influx of students. The average number of hours worked by volunteers stayed consistent at about 191 hours per year.
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