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ENGAGING & MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

On this page are ideas to help you work more efficiently with volunteers. There are tips on recruiting, engaging, coordinating, and managing the work of volunteers.

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ONLINE CLASSES FOR VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATORS

Portland State University

Earn a Professional Development Certificate

Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program

Online Classes

  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Training Volunteers
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Supervision and Management
  • Evaluation and Recognition of Volunteers

The VELP program is moving departments and will be up and running in the fall of 2013.

There is an email list for those who wish to be notified about the new location and how to register.

Send inquiry to: mba@bmi.net



SHARE YOUR HISTORY ON SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM

Do you long to have volunteers tell your history in the classroom?  Skype can help.  A fledgling program called Skype in the Classroom is an effort to allow teachers to invite speakers for no cost to their classrooms.  Since its 2011  beginnings more than 48,000 teachers have joined the service and 1 million students have participated. 

Trained volunteers can visit local classrooms with background and experience on the problem the organization addresses, the history behind a historic venue, background on efforts to repair an outdoor venue, and so much more.  This is a way to get the organization into more locations, educate young people about volunteering, and provide a new job challenge for experienced volunteers.  What’s not to love.

For more information go to Skype in the Classroom


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MOBILE APPS TO GROW PROGRAMS

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy (3/14/13) featured brief stories on innovative uses of mobile apps that are meeting a variety of needs across the world.  mobile phone

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Red Cross has an app that provides information on dealing with emergencies. 

A coalition of organizations in Minnesota has created a smart phone text hotline aimed at preventing teenage suicide.

Bird counting takes on the digital world through the Audubon Society’s mobile app.  Take hike, spot a woodpecker and record it.

Circle of Six in Oakland, CA has mobile app to help keep young women keep potentially dangerous situations from escalating.  There are examples in the article. 

Get a committee of tech savvy folks and brainstorm ideas to provide services that volunteers can oversee delivered via smart phones. Start small and partner in the community with other like-minded folks.

Statistics for 2012 show that 50% of Americans have smart phones.  In 2011 it was 36%.  What are you waiting for?


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