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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs at the federal government level.

~ March 2013~

LESSONS OF SPRING

As March approaches, I think of rain, cloudiness, and dampness.  I wait for the sun to peek through the clouds – I live on the East coast so we anticipate warmer weather approaching.  With that said, I’m always looking for some kind of inspiration, words of wisdom…something to help me get through this month as National Volunteer Week approaches and plans are in the works for our high school youth program. 

One of my favorite books of inspiration is Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within by Sue Bender (2001).  Here are some short quotes from her book.

  • It’s not about trying – it’s about allowing.
  • Talent is doing what comes naturally.
  • Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.
  • Spirit work is messy!colorful tree
  • It took me a while to appreciate how much courage the daring really takes.
  • Leave room for the unexpected.
  • Stretch your heart.
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
  • What gets in the way of knowing ourselves?
  • Thinking about the right thing to do often gets in the way of doing it right.
  • Together we can stretch – and dare to be as big as we really are.

Here’s to a happy Spring.


*The author of the Federal Government Volunteer Programs page is melissa.heinlein@va.gov, MA, MS, CAVS. Melissa Heinlein-Storti is the Chief, 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 member of the Delaware Valley of Association for Volunteer Administration.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Directors of Volunteers in Healthcare, Inc. and held positions as education chair (state and local), vice-president (state), and member-at-large).  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 AHVRP. She is currently a doctoral candidate with her PhD in Human Development at Marywood University. She also contributed to the first textbook on volunteer administration.  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.




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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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