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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

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

~ June 2008 ~


Inspirational Words

Well, you survived another National Volunteer Recognition Week.  Kudos for a job well done!

Your youth programs may be starting.  Your files are waiting their annual review.  You know you are in dire need of a vacation. 

In order to help you get started and enjoy a bit of inspirational and motivational nourishment, I’d like to share with you quotes from one of my favorite books, Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts From Within by Sue Bender (2001).  I read this book twice last year and just felt the need to share it with you. 

  • Talent is doing what comes naturally.
  • Sometimes things have to get worse before they start getting better.
  • It’s easier to know what I don’t want.  It’s so much harder to know what I do want.
  • How do I stretch my heart?
  • When we move in the right direction, success is already there.
  • Risking is worth it, no matter the outcome.
  • Be gentle to yourself.
  • Thinking about the right thing to do often gets in the way of doing it right. 
  • I want to feel I’m in my life – not traveling around looking for it.

Some others:

  • You must do the thing you think you cannot do.  – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  – Nelson Mandela

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."

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The author of the Federal Government Volunteer Programs page is melissa.heinlein@va.gov, MA, MS, CAVS. Melissa is the Chief of Voluntary Service at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, (215) 823-5868. Before venturing to the nonprofit sector, Melissa Heinlein spent time working for financial, IT, and pharmaceutical companies. With her business and marketing background, she took those skills and worked for Junior Achievement and structured a formal volunteer program at Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy before going into healthcare at Abington Memorial Hospital as the Assistant Director of Volunteer Resources. Her latest adventure is Chief, Voluntary Service at Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Melissa is past president and current board member of the Delaware Valley of Association for Volunteer Administration and current member-at-large for PSDVS, Eastern Chapter. She serves as an advisor for a grassroots organization “Spark the Wave” to encourage youth volunteerism. She holds a MA in Communications from West Chester University, MS in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College, and is a certified administrator of volunteer services through ASDVS. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Development at Marywood University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, sports, and exploring the outdoors. She prides herself when she talks about interacting with volunteers 5-99 years old – horses and dogs included.

ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER MANAGERS SEEKS MEMBERS

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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