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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs at the federal government level.
TOOT YOUR HORN
Phone call from leadership:
decided that you have worked so hard to demonstrate the value of
volunteers within our organization that we encourage you to hire
the staff you need to take your volunteer program to the next level.
We wish this could be reality. Truth is, and I’m sorry for
this, but it’s April Fool’s!
As we prepare for National Volunteer Week, we only hope for leadership
and staff within the organization to recognize the work done.
I use National Volunteer Week to promote the
work that we do, the efforts taken to make our volunteer department
successful and effective. We
all traditionally share the total number of volunteer hours, total number
of volunteers, and total dollars saving the organization.
Why? Why are you classifying yourselves with these categories alone? What feedback do the volunteers provide on their training? Where are volunteers assigned to make the most impact? How many volunteers are “on the front lines?”
For example, my department runs an 8-week pre-healthcare
program for individuals (undergraduate students, post-bac students,
and change-of-career individuals) deciding to enter the field of medicine/healthcare. We
completed our 5th year of the program the middle of March. Over
the last four years, we have contacted the students to see if they are
in medical school, nursing school, social work, etc. The answer? Yes,
they are; some even in medical honor societies.
Did we plant seeds to help them determine if the path
of healthcare is for them? Yes. Do physicians seek out our department asking
about the program and request to stay involved? Yes. Does this
add to the effectiveness of the ability for program development and outcomes? Yes.
As your write your comments for your recognition event, think about the impact and effectiveness YOU have on your department and your organization based on your leadership and management ability, not just because you are a “good volunteer resources manager.” Don’t settle for the pat on the back and wait until next year to see what happens. There is no joke in what we do as volunteer resource managers day in, day out.
*The author of the Federal Government Volunteer Programs page is Melissa Heinlein-Storti , 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 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.
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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