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September Hot Topic: Ten Time-Tested Volunteer Recruitment Tips that Still Work

on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:26

Finding the right volunteers has always been a priority – and  the basic  principles of recruitment never change. Susan shares ten timeless recommendations we shouldn’t neglect.

August Hot Topic: Identifying Who Is and Is Not a “Volunteer”

on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:09

The fundamental flaw in the age-old debate about the question “Who is a volunteer?” is that we seek clear, definite answers. But there are far too many nuances for that. Susan poses some key questions to bring all the issues to the surface.

July Hot Topic: I Really Want to Know: What’s Going on Out There?

on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:44

Innovative volunteer roles or volunteer management techniques sound wonderful when presented, but how many of these new ideas are tested, improved, and assimilated into daily agency operations? Let’s do a reality check together on what’s happening in real life.

June Hot Topic: Volunteers and the Quest for Innovation

on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 02:27

The current emphasis of funders on “innovating” or “reimagining” programs implies some assumptions that deserve to be questioned. Is something new always something better? Where do volunteers fit into this all?

May Hot Topic: National Volunteer Week: Whose Week Is It Anyway?

on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 03:08

National Volunteer Week in the U.S. was “sold” this year by Points of Light to Advil®, making the rest of us non-consenting participants in a commercial advertising strategy.

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.