It’s easy to say that “people are the core of any volunteer-involving organization,” but do top managers act as though they understand and mean this sentiment? Two new books explore what it really means to engage volunteers as individuals.
Leave it to the guys. The international team of Andy Fryar, Director of OzVPM, Tony Goodrow, President of Volunteer2, and Rob Jackson, Director of Rob Jackson Consulting, Ltd., have come up with a volunteer-related take on the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey book series!
In celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day on November 5th, Energize, Inc. has designed a digital thank-you card for giving thanks to leaders of volunteers around the world. Please download, email, print, or save this digital card and present it to any of your friends and colleagues who help engage volunteers in making a difference in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and our communities.
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.
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?”
“Why” is a three-letter word that can pack more punch than most four-letter words! Asking someone to explain thereason for a particular statement, action, or decision puts things into context and enables forward progress. Leaders of volunteers tend to avoid confrontation, but posing a sensible question – which anyone can do – is a means of taking action in a different way. Learn the power of “why?”
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!)