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In keeping with the spirit of the season, I’ve compiled a few New Year’sResolutions for Managers of Volunteer Resources.
1. Join AL!VE, the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement and become active in your local DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). Networking with others will stimulate your creativity and strengthen your professionalism.
2. Create an annual recognition plan and budget for your volunteer program. Don’t count on always remembering to implement recognition – plan for it!
3. Keep a stack of note cards in your desk for those quick, important thank you notes to volunteers. In today’s high-tech environment, the personal touch stands out!
4. Update (or create) your volunteer program policies and procedures (organize a task force of volunteers to help you do it!).
5. Practice “active listening” more often so that you “hear” what volunteers and staff are telling you.
6. Share your program’s successes and activities more often (articles in your organization’s newsletter, reports at staff meetings, report to your supervisor, report to the Board of Directors, statistics for your fundraising staff, etc.).
7. Take better care of yourself this year because if you’re tired and cranky, everyone else will be too!
Enjoy yourself and everyone around you . . . laugh at least three times every day!!
Feel free to add your own resolutions and Happy New Year!
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.
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