Even though Canada and the U.S. are gearing up for their National Volunteer Weeks on the third week of April, and the UK and Australia’s special volunteer weeks are not far away, Energize is challenging all volunteer-involving organizations to carve out time and focus on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), celebrated April 20-22, 2012.
Energize gets asked a lot of questions about volunteers that would never be posed in relation to paid staff. Susan shares some examples of illogic, overreaction, and unthinking policies that hinder volunteer success.
The 1940 U.S. Census is going online as of April 2—a historical first! But there is no index by name, making it hard to find family members. But soon there will be – thanks to volunteers. On a collaborative and volunteer basis. Archives.com, FamilySearch and findmypast.com have teamed up to sponsor The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to encourage as many people as possible to help create the index and improve accessibility for all
Details have just been released on the Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement (SAVE), a preconference for directors of volunteer resources on June 16-18, immediately before the start of the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago. SAVE (the successor to the previous Advanced Volunteer Management Institute) has gathered a great faculty.
While many large nonprofits and governmental agencies have evolved to hire paid staff members for core work positions, small to mid-sized nonprofits often rely heavily on volunteers to accomplish work central to their mission. Here are 5 major reasons why small to mid-sized organizations should devote a little extra time and resources to ensure all team members understand these best practices in volunteer management.
Colleague Sue Jones from Volunteer Centre Warrington, England, is our guest blogger today – and invites you to learn about and be a part of a weekly volunteer management “Tweet chat” that happens every Thursday.
Every week, we host a ‘Tweet chat’ discussion focusing on volunteer management issues, which we call ‘Thoughtful Thursday’. We use the Social Action Network i-volunteer to blog about our selected topic or focus and then encourage participants to comment, share ideas and discuss the issues raised via Twitter.
We’re happy to announce that the e-book version of Volunteer Program Management: An Essential Guide, 3rdEdition is now for sale in the Energize Online Bookstore. We’re particularly delighted because we are introducing the electronic version for the first time, making this important book easily available internationally.
At the end of February, there was a spurt of articles renewing attention to an initiative started a few years ago, “A Billion + Change.” The campaign was launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is now housed and managed by the Points of Light Institute. The gist of the current news is how much time has been given and continues to be pledged, as well as how much money the corporate volunteers have “saved” nonprofits. But try as we might, we can’t seem to find interviews or other accounts from the nonprofits actually benefiting from the pledges.
Energize is celebrating its 35th birthday this month! What has changed since 1977 in how we do business, and also in the volunteer world? On the surface, a lot. But maybe the more things change, the more they stay the same. Take a look back with Susan and share your thoughts, too.
Some citizens in the UK are choosing to spend their extra time this 2012 Leap Year volunteering in their communities. The company EasyFundraising launched a campaign “urging companies, employees and the all people of Britain” to designate February 29 Leap Day to supporting a good cause.