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V Guy 30 years gifGreetings Volunteer Network Members,
We're excited to announce that the Volunteer Network is back on the air at WFHB Community Radio with our newly revived segment "The Volunteer Connection". This 5-minute segment plays every Friday at 5:55 p.m. highlighting the featured five opportunities of the week (these are the same as our Volunteer Bloomington media blast). You can also listen weekly via the podcast here. Encourage your volunteers to tune in and get connected!

~Bet, Lucy & Mercedez
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
News from the Network

Be More Awards

85 Individuals and Groups Nominated

Invitations to nominees, nominating agencies and nominators will be going out Monday. Keep an eye out for those golden envelopes! Please do your best to encourage your nominees and staff to attend this celebration of volunteers. The Volunteer Network staff will again be out in the community during the month of March documenting all that these incredible volunteers do.
Mark your calendar for the 2011 Be More Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 5, 2011! 

Sesame Street Volunteer

Ever have to explain what a volunteer is to a child? Elmo and Usher break it down in this cute clip.
A quick diversion for your day.

Get Involved Bloomington Expo Is Coming

And the Volunteer Network will be representing you! This will be the 3rd year for the Get Involved Bloomington Expo. This event continues to be a very popular way for folks to learn about this community and to find out about volunteer opportunities. Make sure that you have updated your volunteer opportunities online so that these new volunteers will see your most up to date recruitment needs!

Wednesday April 6 


Bloomington Convention Center

Free Admission, Open to the Public

Youth Volunteering in the States: 2002 to 2009

The volunteering rate among Americans of high-school age (16-18) hit its peak in 2005, at 33%, but has since declined to 27-29% for the past four years, according to the new CIRCLE fact sheet "Youth Volunteering in the States: 2002 to 2009." This fact sheet provides rates of volunteering for teenagers and young adults by state in 2002 through 2009. It also summarizes state policies relevant to youth volunteering. Read the report at
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: 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.

RSVP Today for Volunteer VIPs - March 22

Creating a Culture of Extraordinary Customer Service
Date: March 22
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: TBA
Attend this fun and interactive session led by the VIP's very own Trish Hausman from the IU Auditorium. Join the discussion and learn some tips about how to develop a fantastic customer service program for your volunteers and staff.
RSVP here. 

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

Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program - Deadline March 15 

Every year, Kohl's recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6 -18) across the country for their amazing contributions to their communities. This year they are recognizing more than 2,100 kids with more than $415,000 in scholarships and prizes.  For more details visit:

Recognize A Point of Light in Your Community

Next week, Points of Light will launch a new feature on its website - a Tribute Wall - where people can pay tribute to a "Point of Light" in their community, someone who has inspired them through their voluntary action.  Points of Light will also use these Tributes in conjunction with their upcoming Tribute event to be held on March 21st at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. These video, photo and written tributes will honor either President George H.W. Bush for his commitment to service, or inspiring individuals who have made a difference in their communities. We'd love to kick the site off with Tributes to the amazing volunteers working with your organization.  Click here for full details on how to create a tribute. You can use the online form at to submit your tribute.
Resources & Materials

Kelley School Developing Consulting Projects for Fall 2011

The IU Kelley School of Business Graduate Accounting Program is seeking organizations to work with during Fall Semester 2011. Please contact Jim Grandorf (, 855-2868 to learn more about this program and how your organization can participate.

During the Fall Semester 2010 teams of students worked with several non-profit agencies on various consulting projects. These included projects for Big Brothers Big Sisters (developed an outcomes analysis to show the overall benefits of BBBS), Boys and Girls Club (examined ways to increase capacity of facilities), PALS (developed a business plan for expansion), Options and SIPN (examined shared services opportunities), Stone Belt (detailed analysis, flow charts, and recommendations for improvements to office processes at Milestones), and Middle Way House (examined options to generate additional income).

In earlier years student teams have worked with Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, United Way of Monroe County, Bloomington Area Birth Services, Monroe County YMCA, and the Bloomington Area Arts Council, among others.


Professional Available for Space Planning and Renovation Advice

Planning for a renovation, addition, or new building?
  • 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 for contact information. Again, there is no cost and no obligation.

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Save the date for these events and opportunities:

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

April 6
Get Involved
Bloomington Expo

April 10-16
National Volunteer Week

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