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V Guy 30 years gifGreetings Volunteer Network Members,
It's an exciting time in Bloomington. Many of us have been busy with King Day service projects -  there were over 65 happening in Monroe County alone! Meeting the new volunteers that come with special initiatives like this is fun, rewarding and energizing - just what the doctor ordered this cold winter. We hope that Dr. King's messages of the importance of using non-violent speech and non-violent action permeate throughout our country this week.

Of course, don't forget to work on your Be More Award nominations. Feel free to call us if you want to feel us out about an idea. We're not on the Selection Committee, so it's fine.

~Bet, Lucy & Mercedez
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
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Two Weeks Left to Nominate for the Be More Awards
Don't miss the opportunity to honor your volunteers at this community event!

Nominations Due Feb 1.

Nominations for the 2011 Be More Awards celebrating outstanding volunteers in our community are now being accepted. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, February 1, 2011. We invite you to tell us about your amazing volunteers so that we can celebrate them at the springtime community event. Nominate a Volunteer Today!
Mark your calendar for the 2011 Be More Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 5, 2011!
 
Upcoming Events & Trainings

'Perspective on Effective Partnerships' Presentation - Jan. 20 

Student Community Engagement from the "Supply Side": The Host Agency's Perspective on Effective Partnerships
Presenter: Beth Gazley, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU
Thursday, January 20, 12:00-1:30
Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Registration is not required

Beth Gazley will present findings from a study of the Indiana nonprofit organizations that host students as interns, volunteers, and service learners. Data come from a large random sample of Monroe and Marion County organizations. The study examines patterns of student involvement, student impact on community outcomes, and agency views on effective partnerships with faculty. This presentation will also reference data from other surveys of student civic engagement to discuss the implications these patterns of student involvement might have on the structure of service learning activities and other teaching practices. This work was accomplished in collaboration with Laura Littlepage, IUPUI-SPEA and Teresa Bennett, The Solution Center, IUPUI.

Beth Gazley is assistant professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she teaches nonprofit and public management. Her study of service learning supports longstanding research interests in volunteer management and nonprofit management capacity. She also conducts research and publishes on government-nonprofit relations. Before entering academia, she had a 15 year management career in the nonprofit sector. Beth was a 2009 recipient of an Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty award.


RSVP Today for Volunteer VIPs - January 25
Mandatory Community Service - Will it work for you?
Date: January 25
Time: 3-5 p.m. (note earlier than usual starting time)
Location: WonderLab Museum Group Room (upstairs - 308 W. 4th St.)
Save your spot in this informative session on mandatory service. Guest panelists from Monroe County's Community Corrections and IU's judicial sanctions will present information about their programs and participate in a Q & A session with VIP attendees. Find out if working with mandatory community service participants is a fit for your organization.
RSVP here.

 

Volunteer Management: The Essentials - March 4

This comprehensive training is offered only twice a year (spring and fall). Don't miss the opportunity to fine tune your program with this best practices overview - or if you are new to the field - to get off to a good start! This training is for staff and volunteers of Volunteer Network member agencies.*
Event Date: 3/4/2010
Event Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (lunch provided) registration from 8:30-9 a.m.
Location: McCloskey Room, City Hall (401 N. Morton Street)
Cost: $30 for Volunteer Network member agencies / $40 for non-member agencies
Registration is limited to 24. Register here
The Essentials gives you a great understanding of the components necessary for a successful volunteer management program. Dive into the "Ps and Rs" of working with volunteers - planning, recruitment, retention and recognition.

You'll learn about:
  • Planning your program
  • Recruiting & supervising volunteers
  • Successful training & orientation models
  • Evaluation and recognition that works
  • Trends in volunteerism and how they can help in your program development
  • Utilizing the services of the Volunteer Network to the max!

This popular training always fills up, so register today to secure your spot! 

Register here or call 349-3472.

*If your agency is not a member of the Volunteer Network, please contact us directly about registration.


Save the Date - Volunteer Fair Scheduled for Sept. 17

The Volunteer Network's Annual Community Volunteer Fair at Farmers' Market is coming on Saturday, September 17 on the Showers plaza. Make plans now to attend and to bring your recruiting A-game! Registration will begin mid-summer.
 
Grants, Funding & Recognition Programs

PeyBack Foundation Offers Funding for Programs Assisting At-Risk Youth in IN, TN, and New Orleans - Feb 1

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofits providing leadership and growth opportunities to economically disadvantaged children in Indiana, Tennessee, and the New Orleans metropolitan areas.

The PeyBack Foundation, a public nonprofit corporation, was established in 1999 by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for at-risk children.

Programs with the following characteristics are more likely to receive foundation funding: have a direct benefit to children through relationships and activities; promote positive interaction with peers and adults; provide opportunities for children to be creative; promote youth and life-skills development; develop social skills; provide physical activity; and offer meaningful community involvement. A proposal seeking a portion of the support needed for a project will generally receive preference over one seeking exclusive funding. Deadline: February 1, 2011 http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=317200008

 
Resources & Materials

Road Crew Available for Your Projects

Does your organization have work for 2 or more people for 4-5 hours Tuesday through Saturday?  Need furniture moved?  Need outdoor work performed?  Need facilities cleaned?  Call Monroe County Community Corrections Road Crew for assistance!  Once your organization is registered with Monroe County Community Corrections, the Road Crew program can provide your program with 2-14 people for a day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  The Road Crew consists of individuals who have been sentenced through the Monroe County court system and are required to participate in community service. 

Not registered? Not sure? Download and complete the "Community Corrections Organization Agreement" form posted on the MCCC website under "forms" (http://www.co.monroe.in.us/tsd/Justice/CommunityCorrections.aspx) or contact Tiffany Findley (349-2007 or tfindley@co.monroe.in.us) to receive a form via mail or fax.

Not sure if Road Crew workers are right for you? Contact Road Crew Officer, Adam Stevens at 349-2074 or Community Service Coordinator, Tiffany Findley at 349-2007 for more information.

**Learn more about Road Crew, public restitution and IU judicial sanctions volunteers at the Volunteer VIP session this month - January 25. Register above.
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Save the date for these events and opportunities:

Jan. 25

Volunteer VIP Session: Mandatory Service

Feb. 1
Be More Award Nominations Due

March 4
The Essentials: Volunteer Management Training
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April 5
Be More Award Celebration

April 10-16
National Volunteer Week

Sept. 17
Volunteer Network Community Volunteer Fair at Farmers' Market
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