| MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION
Find tips to oversee the work of volunteers and practical suggestions to supervise them. Everything from ideas to help you work more efficiently to the latest in research on keeping volunteers happy and productive.
~ May 2007 ~ Topics
Tips to Delegate Responsibilities
Despite our best intentions sometimes it is hard to delegate tasks to volunteers or other paid staff. There are powerful reasons to delegate. Here are some that double as methods to give those tasks away.
Organizing For Political Campaigns
Former Senator Bill Bradley has written a book, The New American Life, about political life in the USA, what is needed and what should happen. One notion of his is that citizens need to engage in volunteer driven political campaigns on topics of interest, rather than wait for candidates or people “at the top” to find solutions to such things as health care and education reform. Imagine how can be accomplished if dozen of volunteers banded together to tackle a local, state, or national issue.
Why is this an issue for a professional manager of volunteers? More and more volunteers want to help organizations by moving along legislative, policy, or decision-making processes. Teaching them how to organize for political impact can serve the mission of the program and/or organization.
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for Secrets of Leadership by Rick Lynch & Sue Vineyard and Best of All: The Quick Reference Guide to Effective Volunteer Involvement by Linda Graff.
WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home. For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.
Liz Needham is currently the Volunteer Services Coordinator for the City of Raleigh Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent Program. She has 12 years of managerial and supervisory experience in the non-profit, local government and business sectors. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: (919) 831-6098.
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