|Greetings Volunteer Network Members,|
Are we thinking spring yet? No, not yet. We do want to thank all of you who organized projects to honor Dr. King. Over 65 projects came through our office, either receiving grants, recruiting volunteers or just notifying us about them. We keep hearing about other projects that happened as well. By our count, about 2000 people volunteered that week! The evening program
at the Buskirk Chumley was sensational too. If you've never been, put it on your list! Now be sure to keep reading - a person has stepped forward who has a very unusual skill she would like to share.~Bet, Lucy & Mercedez
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
|News from the Network|
Two Days Left to Nominate for the Be More AwardsDon't miss the opportunity to honor your volunteers at this community event!
Nominations Due Tuesday, 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|
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:
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.
Be More Awards at the Buskirk-Chumley April 5
Be sure to mark your calendar for Bloomington and Monroe County's annual celebration of volunteers - the Be More Awards. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, April 5 from 7-8:15 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The Be More Awards are produced in partnership by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the IU Credit Union, the United Way of Monroe County and WTIU Public Television.
Global Youth Service Day - April 15-17, 2011
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries. This year, Global Youth Service Day will be April 15-17. Learn more at www.GYSD.org
Save the Date - Volunteer Fair on Sep. 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|
$1,132 for 300 hours of service--APPLY NOW! - (Deadline: Feb. 11)
Is there an IU student volunteer at your agency you would like to encourage to continue serving? Are you a student who cares about service and is willing to put your passion into action? The Student Activities Office (SAO) LEAD IU program is hosting AmeriCorps positions during the 2011-2012 academic year. After completing 300 hours of community service and leadership training, members will receive a $1,132 Education Award. This program is graciously supported through Indiana Campus Compact. Please review the requirements and application here. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 11th. For more information, email email@example.com.
Sodexo Lead Organizer Grants (Deadline: Feb. 10)
YSA is accepting applications from organizations across the United States to serve as 2011 Sodexo Lead Organizers, supported by a $2,000 planning grant from YSA and the Sodexo Foundation. Sodexo Lead Organizers will work with partner organizations to engage at least 500 youth volunteers in learning about and addressing the issue of childhood hunger in their communities, beginning on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) (April 15-17), and continuing through Hunger Action Month (September) and Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 14-20). Sodexo Lead Organizers will also build new partnerships in their community and increase public awareness about the issue of hunger and young people's role in solving the problem. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 10. Learn more at www.YSA.org/grants/sodexoleadorganizer
Sodexo Youth Grants to Support Youth-Led Solutions to Childhood Hunger on GYSD (Deadline: Feb. 25)
Over 17 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger; that's 1 in 4 children who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs as their only guaranteed meals. YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo are calling on young people, ages 5-25, to help make sure your peers don't have to worry about where their next meal will come from, and can instead focus on learning and leading healthy and productive lives. 17 million children across the United States need your ideas and commitment to solving this issue through service.
YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011.) We're looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. Applications are due February 25, 2010. Learn more at www.YSA.org/grants/sodexoyouth
|Resources & Materials|
VIP Resources Available
It was an interesting and informative session about Mandatory Service at this month's Volunteer VIP session. In case you missed it, check out these helpful resources that were debuted to help answer your most frequently asked questions about engaging mandatory service individuals in your organization. View or download VIP Resources.
National Volunteer Week Toolkit
Celebrate National Volunteer Week at your organization!
Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network are excited to offer this adaptable online toolkit, full of helpful ideas and marketing strategies to actively support your involvement in National Volunteer Week. Within the toolkit, you'll find project ideas, volunteer leader resources, ideas and solutions for recognizing your volunteers throughout the week.
Click here to visit the POLI NVW online store and order branded products for your event.
Planning for a renovation, addition, or new building?
Professional Available for Space Planning and Renovation Advice
- In a space crunch?
- Dreaming of renovating your current facility or even building a new one?
- Don't know where to start?
A local professional who recently retired from IU, with over 12 years of experience in doing pre-architectural space planning for their new buildings and renovations, has volunteered her services to the nonprofit community. She wants to put her skills to good use, working with you to understand your organization and its space needs, in order to create a tool that can help you make decisions about the next steps in the process. More importantly, this preliminary planning process can help you clarify your own vision and ideas.
As she says, every project is different, and requires a collaborative approach tailored to the client's needs. The end product can be as simple as a spreadsheet listing each room's area, which gives a rough estimate of the total size and cost of the project. If a more accurate cost estimate is needed, she can create a detailed text document that specifies the area of every room, listing its use, features needed, and other design considerations. This is called a building program, and is used by the architect as a guideline in creating a design for the building.
IU builds and owns a huge variety of buildings across the state, and she has worked on many types of buildings, from classroom/office buildings, to police stations, to day care centers, among others. Over the years, she has also been able to help some of our local organizations plan their remodeling and moves. If you are interested in talking to her, to see if she can help you with your planning process, contact Bet Savich at 349-3472 or firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information. Again, there is no cost and no obligation.
Does your organization have work for 2 to 14 people between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.? The Road Crew is available every day except Sunday and Monday. Need furniture moved? Need outdoor work performed? Need facilities cleaned? Call Monroe County Community Corrections Road Crew for assistance! The Road Crew consists of individuals who have been sentenced through the Monroe County court system and are required to participate in community service. The first step is to register your organization.
Road Crew Available for Your Projects
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 email@example.com) 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.
**See FAQs handout about Mandatory Service under "VIP Resources Available" above.
|Save the date for these events and opportunities:|
Be More Award Nominations Due
The Essentials: Volunteer Management Training
Be More Award Celebration
National Volunteer Week
Global Youth Service Day
Volunteer Network Community Volunteer Fair at Farmers' Market
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