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April Hot Topic: Working Together to Recognize Volunteers…and More

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:12

We all need to thank volunteers, so why are we doing it in isolation from each other? One colleague’s proposal to her network sparks new recognition and collaboration ideas.

March Hot Topic: Let’s Help People Help Each Other

on Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:20

A true story of informal volunteering raises important questions: Can VRMs ever capture and build on the ways that some people naturally help others?

February 2014 Hot Topic: It’s Time to Discuss the Complex Relationship of Volunteering and Money

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 19:52

We know that volunteers are not “free,” but we do not always acknowledge what it costs them to give their time or who else may be aiding the volunteer with other financial support.

January 2014 Hot Topic: Virtual Volunteering Revisited

on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 15:49

Virtual Volunteering Revisited

The Web enabled a new way to volunteer online and 20 years later virtual volunteering has become a critical part of our field. Take a poll to compare your experience to others. And learn about a brand new guidebook about online service.

December Hot Topic: Don’t Let the History Made by Volunteers Fall through the Cracks of Time

on Sat, 11/30/2013 - 22:22

Keep the efforts of volunteers past visible through a simple photography project and celebrate the transition from the old to new year in a different way.

Our last "News" posting

on Sat, 11/30/2013 - 01:01

Energize recently decided to stop our “Volunteerism News Watch” blog postings. Don’t worry, we are still reporting the news and we offer plenty of ways to keep up to date:

November Hot Topic: Education through Celebration on International Volunteer Managers Day

on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 20:17

November 5th is IVMDay. Most professions do not expect or need a special day of recognition – why do we? Because it’s an opportunity to get others to pay attention to what it takes to coordinate volunteers effectively.

New Book on Virtual Volunteering One Step Closer to Release!

on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 20:49

Writing a book is a long process that can be very satisfying on some days or drive an author to drink on others. Today is one of the exciting ones. Jayne Cravens and I have just sent off the final, 243-page manuscript of our new book to be formatted for printing! So this is the very first pre-publication announcement of The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook: Fully Integrating Online Service into Volunteer Involvement, by Jayne Cravens and Susan J. Ellis. What's this book about? It's everything you need to know to enable volunteers to provide online service.

October Hot Topic: Prospective Volunteers Are Closer than You Think

on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 13:56

Never assume people know you are looking for volunteers. Make sure that you are really issuing an invitation to become a volunteer to the people in greatest proximity to you. Susan shows you how…

Finding Resources about Risk Management in Involving Volunteers

on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 17:26

For 30+ years, volunteer resources managers in North America and around the world looked to Canadian colleague Linda Graff as the premier expert in managing risk when involving volunteers in organizations. Now that Linda is off the travel circuit and focusing on quality of life, to whom should leaders of volunteer engagement look for keeping the conversation going about managing risk when involving volunteers? Here are some places to start.