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This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs in health care settings.
Volunteer Managers and Job Security
In a time of economic downturn while we’re all wondering if we’ll be next, I believe there are specific things directors/managers of volunteers can do to alleviate the anxiety. What I’m suggesting might seem off base to some directors/managers but I believe it’s worthwhile to take a look at these concepts.
The recurring theme here is to make yourself indispensable. And while nothing in this life is certain, keeping abreast of what’s happening in the field, moving to a professional atmosphere of volunteer management and saying yes the next time they ask you to take on another role may help you in the long run.
The author of the Heath Care Volunteer Programs column is Mary Kay Hood , MS Hendricks Regional Health, Danville, IN (317) 745-3556. With a BS degree in biology from Marian College and a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Mary Kay has been involved in volunteer management over twenty years with a zoo and in the health care field. During that time, she completed the Management of Volunteer Programs course offered at University of Indianapolis, several supervisory training programs as well as the Indiana Hospital and Health Association’s Management Institute offered by the Executive Education Program, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Mary Kay served on the Nonprofit Training Center of United Way from 1993 to 2006. During that time, she taught many workshops also facilitating speaker arrangements for the Basic Volunteer Management series. Additionally, she has presented at various national and international conferences. Mary Kay served as president of the Central Indiana Association for Volunteer Administration (CIAVA) from 1993-1997 and the Indiana Society of Directors of Volunteer Services (ISDVS) from 2006-2008. She was also the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Director of Volunteer Services Award and the 2002 United Way of Central Indiana Volunteer of the Year Award. Most recently she served on the Steering Committee for COVAA resulting in the formation of a new national membership organization for those in volunteer management, the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). With several published articles, she is also author to two books: The One Minute Answer to Volunteer Management Questions and The Volunteer Leader as Change Agent.
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