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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.
Get Started Right Each Fall
During the summer months of July and August, I do not take in new volunteers. The office is still open, but we do not process new volunteer candidates. Some think I’m crazy, but I use this time to re-organize, re-energize, and re-vamp processes and systems. What worked well throughout the year? What didn’t work well? What could be done better?
Here are some things I do which have been very successful. I cannot take all the credit for using the summer months to organize. My former boss and mentor, Joan Cardellino (now working for the California Hospital Association) had an amazing system that I adapted to my own needs. I just simply adapted and expanded to my program. (Thanks, Joan.)
Applications and Interviews
Master Volunteer Schedule
This does seem like a long to-do list, but I am giving you the abridged version. Yes, meetings, conferences, etc. will surface. But the more planning you do, the more time will be spent on your volunteers, customer service, program management/development, and your professional development.
Best of luck for another successful year (as a Federal agency, our fiscal year starts October 1).
The author of the Federal Government Volunteer Programs page is email@example.com, 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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