Registration for the 2013 cycle for earning the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential is now open! A self-study program, it measures an individual’s “knowledge-in-use”—the application of knowledge and skills by those with real-life experience in this role.
What do nonprofit and public sector leaders need to know to work effectively with volunteers? Find out in Strategic Volunteer Engagement: A Guide for Nonprofit and Public Sector Leaders, now available in paperback in the Energize online bookstore!
The previous posting, "Why Don't Job Banks Include Volunteer Management as a Profession? (Applying My September Hot Topic to Real-Life Situations)," generated some wonderful action. Hillary Roberts, who started the whole thread in the first place,sent a short-and-sweet e-mail to Bridgestar on September 7, including that small word "why." Read on to see their response! (And benefit from a free offer Bridgestar has made to all our readers.)
As I was composing this month’s Hot Topic about asking “Why?” to put things into context and enable forward progress, I received an e-mail from Hillary Roberts of Blankie Depot (she’s one of the most consistent and savvy responders to my Hot Topic). She wanted to tell me that Bridgestar’s nonprofit job bank has “no reference to volunteer resource management or the word volunteer anywhere within the parameters of a job search. Even ‘volunteer coordinator’ is missing.” She suggested that this might be a great idea for an online discussion: “How do volunteer resource managers job hunt and why haven't job banks included our profession?”
This weekend I curled up with an unusual new light-reading book. Crystal Hickerson’s novel, The Volunteer, is a fictional account of hospice volunteering and one of the major characters is – yes! – the manager of volunteer resources. In fact this VRM is a handsome, divorced guy (well, this is a fantasy) to whom the young, single heroine volunteer is quite attracted. The feeling is mutual and, without being a spoiler, the twists and turns of the story lead to many places, including sex and love. (This may do wonders for our image as goody two-shoes!)
As a follower of Energize, you probably know that our site hosts the only online directory of DOVIAs (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and other professional associations in the field of volunteer management, however, it’s always been a struggle to keep that resource up to date and comprehensive. As a result, Energize and AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) are partnering in an effort to actively seek out this information from the people directly involved in their region’s professional associations.
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.
Many in the volunteerism world in the U.S. (along with some international colleagues) are preparing for the annual National Conference on Volunteering and Service this June. It got Energize thinking about the best way to get the most out of attending conferences for professional development. Here are some ideas from Energize President Susan J. Ellis for taking a conference above and beyond sitting in workshops and taking notes.
We are generally primed to get excited by things that are new. But it's important to remember that traditional materials can remain useful, even vibrant. One great example is the Journal of Extension (JOE), the official refereed journal of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System (which includes 4-H, Master Gardeners, nutrition advisors and other volunteer-centered programs). As of June 1994, JOE has been published exclusively on the World Wide Web at www.joe.org. And the full contents are accessible to any site visitor at no charge.