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.
Can volunteer management expertise from Hungary (in English) apply to you? Yes! This thorough and universally applicable guidebook is now an e-book (PDF) available to anyone in the world from the Energize Online Bookstore.
Around this time of year, a number of us take the time to step back from our normally busy lives and examine in what ways we feel we are able to give back. The holidays are known for bringing out the charitable spirit in people, whether that spirit is in the form of a monetary or in-kind donation or a service project such as volunteering at a food bank or children’s hospital. This is truly fantastic, but a question this always brings up for me is, in what ways can we harness this spirit year-round and use it to create a legacy of giving?
In the U.S., Make a Difference Day is upon us. There is a flurry of excitement, Tweets, Facebook posts, ads, and articles getting us geared up for the big day. As volunteer managers, we may be charged with excitement or simply going through the motions of another single day of service exercise but how can we use this opportunity to recruit new long term volunteers?
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!
Energize, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have added 2 more volunteer management titles to our Kindle eBook line up The (Help!) I-Don't-Have-Enough-Time Guide to Volunteer Management and By The People: A History of Americans as Volunteers have joined Susan Ellis’ classic From the Top Down in the Amazon Kindle Store.
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!)
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?”
The Energize Bookstore is pleased to announce that we have back in stock print copies of four of Linda Graff’s books! A long-term friend of Energize, she is president of Linda Graff and Associates, Inc., based in Ontario, Canada and is internationally acknowledged as the volunteer field's leading expert in risk management issues. Her books have remained consistent best sellers from our store in e-book format, and there’s a good reason.
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.