Nonprofits are governed by boards of directors comprised mainly of volunteers and, as the Penn State scandal proves, they are not always effective. Why are volunteer resource managers so rarely asked to help in recruiting, training, recognizing, or otherwise helping the board to function?
It's summer in the northern hemisphere and for many that means weddings and vacations. Journeys for Good, a site devoted to volunteer vacationing, or voluntourism, just shared the experiences of Jane and Travis, newlyweds who decided to spend their honeymoon helping out on a wildlife reserve in Brazil.
“Volunteer with us and you’ll have MORE time on your hands!” “Give us 30 minutes and get an hour in return.” Leaders of volunteers and volunteer programs may start using these types of lines to recruit new volunteers after they read the Association for Psychological Science’s July 12, 2012 press release entitled “Giving Time Can Give You Time.” A new research study may prove that people who spend their limited time on others -- even when they feel what the researchers call a sense of "time famine" -- may actually increase their sense of “time affluence.”
Leaders of volunteers and volunteer programs should download "The Millennial Impact Report 2012" which holds troves of information straight from the horses’ mouths. Wondering how to engage more young adults, ages 20-35? Here’s your chance to see what these young adults want in volunteer opportunities and why. If you’re not wondering, you should be. As the report notes, “…a big part of the nonprofit sector’s future relies on its ability to respond to these young people’s charitable inclinations….”
If you're a volunteer leader, or someone who cares about making a difference in your community and world, you won't want to miss VolunteerSpot’s Summer of Service Blog Series 2012! Mark Tuesday’s on your calendar for a 20-minute respite from the day-to-day and learn a little.