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BUDGET CRUNCHES. . .ADMINISTRATORS OF VOLUNTEERS FEELING THE SQUEEZE
Do you feel that this title should be on the front page of a newspaper? As our fiscal year is quickly coming to an end, we are all embracing what is to come for FY 2012. What have you been doing to make ends meet? What strategic planning tactics are you engaging in with hopes that you will be prepared to answer staff’s questions regarding the ethical use of volunteers? Will you be able to say “no” to staff who demand to use volunteers since there is a hiring freeze?
This summer, many of you are probably working with many high school students for your summer youth program. Some of my colleagues – in the non-federal/government world – can take 70, 85, even 100 students over the summer.
Why may this not be such a good idea? It may prove beneficial to limit the number of high school students coming in for the summer.
With this said about youth volunteers, also focus your efforts on planning for the upcoming fiscal year. I know I have said this before, but I do not take in new volunteers July and August. One reason is simply because of the high school students. But the other reasons are because we deserve a break and we have to plan for the upcoming year.
Here are a few things you may want to implement to save yourself time during the fiscal year. Remember, if you can’t get it done over the summer, you may not have a chance to do what you want to do until June or July of next year.
And the list can go on and on.
You will still feel the crunch, but planning will allow you to be even more effective. Planning will also allow you to spend more time with paid staff. You will need to educate them on how to utilize volunteers. With the anticipated budget for FY 2012, you will get more requests than you ever imagined. You have an opportunity once again to show the importance of volunteers and your role as an administration of volunteers.
The author of the Federal Government Volunteer Programs page is firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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