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Current Research Provides Managers of Volunteers with New Recruitment Slant

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 20:01

“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.”

Millennials to Volunteer Managers: "Don’t stick us at the kiddie table!"

on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 15:43

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….”

Moments of Professional Rejuvenation from VolunteerSpot’s Summer of Service Blog Series

on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 18:11

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.

July Hot Topic: Is Volunteering the Emperor’s New Clothes?

on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 15:37

It seems that many corporations and national organizations want to “wear” volunteerism…for only a moment. Vague new initiatives launch with glitz, but ultimately have very little impact on any of the important community work that needs to be done. Why is volunteerism up for sale and up for grabs? Shouldn’t high-profile volunteer promotions be held accountable by someone?

Still Time to Join the Free Webinar Broadcast on "It takes a Whole Organisation"

on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:02

Join us from anywhere in the world for a live webinar on Wednesday, July 4th out of Warrington, England. It's all sponsored by Warrington Voluntary Action, one of the most forward-thinking volunteer centers anywhere.

New “Roadmap” for Partnering with Highly Skilled Volunteers

on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 20:11

Many of our colleagues in volunteer management are using various online forums to recap their experiences at the just-ended 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. One of our conference “takeaways” was learning about a new online tool for organizations to prepare themselves to involve highly skilled volunteers more effectively.

New Micro-Volunteering Initiatives: From the Newest Modes of Communication to the Oldest Treasures of Antiquity

on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 18:42

As social technologies evolve, more and more people use mobile media in new and creative ways in volunteering.  This has become most obvious in the recent development of micro-volunteering.  Micro-volunteering allows people to contribute to projects remotely, from their computers or their smart phones, in small, but nevertheless significant ways. Here are some recently launched micro-volunteering initiatives.

Orchids, Smiling Strangers, and Sleeping Students: Volunteer Life in Singapore

on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 20:19

I recently had the privilege of spending an intensive four days with volunteerism colleagues in Singapore (my fifth visit since 2001) on behalf of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVCP) there.  Singapore is a small country, but amazingly multicultural and multi-lingual.  Over the last decade, NVCP has focused on encouraging more intentional giving of time and money in both formal and informal ways.  I learned about many interesting things during my most recent stay, and want to share three of them here.

June Hot Topic: Why Do We Love Volunteer Satisfaction Surveys?

on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 14:21

In any discussion of evaluating volunteer services, someone inevitably will point to the results of a “volunteer satisfaction survey” as ostensible evidence that things are going well. How did we arrive at this particular method of assessing success with volunteers? Do such surveys reveal anything meaningful about the value of volunteer contributions? What might tell us more?

Extending Volunteer Expiration Dates

on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 17:09

Anyone who leads volunteers has had this experience: an enthusiastic volunteer arrives, plugs in, provides consistent and thorough service, becomes central to your organization, and then one day, leaves.  This can leave a volunteer manager both perplexed and dismayed.  “What did I do wrong?  Did I not show enough appreciation? Did I not challenge them enough? Or provide them with enough responsibility?”

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