| MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION
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~ June 2007 ~ Topics
Managing the Creative Volunteer
Turning the Volunteer Corps Green
Global warming, climate change, recycling, environmental degradation, not enough water for alligators in Florida, tsunamis in Asia, the list of planetary issues is a close as the front page of most papers and news magazines. So what does that have to do with volunteers?
Many of you may not remember the hole in the ozone, and if you do, we know how old you are! It was a concerted effort on the part of every day folks, like volunteers, to avert a global catastrophe caused by the chemicals in spray cans of just about everything. Individuals can make a difference in changing the health of our fragile island home.
If you do email updates or send out paper newsletters to volunteers, you can include tips or hints on things individuals can do to work toward a healthy planet. A wonderful, wacky source of daily "green" tips is Idealbites.com. You subscribe (no cost) and each day you get a new idea on a variety of topics to make for a more hospitable environment. Some of them are quite funny and irreverent.
This is a wonderful task for a homebound volunteer. It can all be done via email, limiting the work of the manager of volunteers. A small church in Washington state has a volunteer who sends out an email to the parishioners about twice a month with tips and hints on being "green." She created a "Green Team" which is made up of anyone who sends her a "green" idea. The owner of a new Prius (hybrid car) thinks he should get a better parking space because his car is so nice to the environment! The project has engaged people of all ages and best of all it is good for the planet. Why not engage your volunteers in such an endeavor. It will take all of us to clean up the mess.
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.
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