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VT readers ask questions about volunteer management and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
Send questions to AskConnieP@cs.com

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Dear Connie:
I have been assigned the task of creating and heading up an Employee Volunteer Recognition Program for our company of approximately 250 employees.  Employees are involved in a wide range of volunteer activities.  Management has requested that I come up with a way to promote volunteerism by employees, track and record the hours volunteered (regardless of the charity or organization), and initiate a recognition program.  I have buy-in from top management, but little direction.  As far as organizing all of this, I’m at a loss.  The responsibility fell to me because I am the “public affairs” department.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dear LS:

Based on your description, it sounds to me like you're organizing an employee volunteer program that has recognition as one element.  I have two suggestions. 
First, "begin with the end in mind."  What do you want the program to look like?  How do you want to access the information you gather?  How will you use the information you gather?  What will employees get out of it?  What will management get out of it?  What will the community get out of it?  Focus on the overall parameters of the program and then build one piece at a time. 

Second, get employee input.  Form a small task force of employees to help you organize the program.  Employee volunteers will be your best resource for information and guidance on what's important to them and how you can gather information most effectively. 

There are many good (and free!) resources online for employee volunteer programs.  Some of my favorites include:


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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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Connie Pirtle
Strategic Nonprofit Resources
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