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V Guy 30 years gifGreetings Volunteer Network Members,
We're back from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans with some new ideas! In the Fall, we will be debuting our new online resource library called Our Shared Resources. Right now, we're loading it up with goodies. You asked for it - you got it!

~Bet, Lucy & Stephanie
The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
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Our Shared Resources

The Volunteer Network invites you to share your resources with your peers in Bloomington's volunteer resource management community. We have set up an online library of shared resources - including many of our own - and we want all of our member organizations to be able to participate! Got something to share? A file or format that works for you?  Share Your Resources Here!
Examples include:
  • Volunteer application forms
  • Volunteer manual 
  • Volunteer policies 
  • Volunteer position descriptions
  • Event flyers
  • Newsletters
  • What else?

Survey Says! 

This Fall, we will be working with IU Assistant Professor Beth Gazley's Nonprofit Management class to analyze the survey data we collected about your volunteer programs. Didn't get a chance to send in your numbers? Don't let your program be left out of this count of the impact of volunteers in our community! Take the Survey Now
Upcoming Events & Trainings

Volunteer VIP Set for July 19

Creative Conflict Resolution for Volunteer Managers: Presented by David Nosko, Director of Programs at the Community Justice & Mediation Center

July 19, 3:30-5 p.m.

Location: TBA

Being human means encountering conflict of all kinds. What often separates humanity from the rest of the animal kingdom is the myriad of creative and constructive choices we have in resolving disputes.  This fun and interactive presentation will focus on basic steps volunteer managers can take to minimize conflict in their organizations between Boards and staff, staff and staff, staff and volunteers, and the volunteers themselves.  To prevent the apes from running amuck and peeing all over your charitable trees, join us! 
Register Here!

Register for the IU Student Involvement Fair - Sept. 7

The IU Student Involvement Fair Committee is pleased to invite non-profit agencies to the 2011 Student Involvement Fair! The mission of the IU Student Involvement Fair is to provide students with the opportunity to make contact with a wide variety of student organizations, university support services, and community organizations in order to encourage active involvement and enhance their IU experience.
Click here to download the registration form.

Deadline to reserve a table: 8/19/11.

Grants, Funding & Recognition Programs

Do Something Summer Jobless Grants

Deadline: July 10

This summer's teen unemployment rate has been marked at a whopping 75% - compared to 2000 when it was 55%. thinks this is a great opportunity for youth to step up and start your own projects to provide the young people in your area with volunteer opportunities in place of jobs. These grants can be used to help you run your volunteer efforts and include more teens in what you're doing by covering costs including food, materials and supplies, event space, and transportation to and from a volunteer event. All volunteer programs must engage at least 25 teens in volunteerism. Eight $2,000 grants and eighteen $500 grants will be awarded.

2011 Governor's Conference on Service and Volunteerism Service Award Nominations 

Deadline: July 15 

The 2011 Governor's Conference on Service and Volunteerism will be held on October 12-13, 2011 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites at 8787 Keystone Crossing.
They are accepting Service Award Nominations until July 15. For the applications and submission information and more information about the conference, go to


Best Buy Community Grants

Through decades of charitable giving totaling more than $257 million, Best Buy has supported non-profit organizations in the communities where employees live and work. Best Buy believes in the power of teens, and invests resources, including the energy and talents of employees, to provide youth with access to opportunity through technology.

Through the Community Grants program, Best Buy teams from across the United States select non-profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens to excel in school and develop life and leadership skills. This year, the Best Buy Children's Foundation will give $2 million in Community Grants.  Best Buy seeks applications from organizations that are serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills and leadership. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide youth with access to opportunity through technology.  For more information, visit Best Buy Community Relations.

Maxwell House's Drops of Good

Maxwell House is giving 100 separate $1000 donations to local causes. The company calls these gifts "Do-Gooder" grants, designed to give a little help to many smaller projects.
Community organizations may be nominated via Facebook. One grant nominee will receive a surprise $10,000 grant. Read more...

Volunteer Resources & Materials

"Great Group Projects" VIP Resources Available Online

We had a great turnout for our May Volunteer VIP session on Great Group Projects and Project Leaders. Check out the new resources posted online on the VIP page to add to your resource binder. View resources here.

Tracking Volunteer Time to Boost Your Bottom Line: A Complete Accounting Guide

This article was recommended to us by Victoria Laudeman, IU SPEA student, who attended the last Volunteer VIP session. Thanks Victoria!
Tracking volunteer time sound like another chore? Actually it can help you meet match requirements, improve your financial statement presentations, and reduce liability. In this article on, CPA Dennis Walsh of North Carolina explains why and how to include volunteer time in your budgets and financials. Read article here.
Read Up On Volunteer Management


How to Turn Members Into Volunteers

If your members are not volunteering with your association, you can be certain that they are somewhere else. Members, by their nature, are citizens of a distinctive community. They expect the association to provide information and connections to help them achieve their goals; they do not always understand how their involvement in the organization (including the contribution of their talent and expertise) can enrich their lives even more....and help advance their field of endeavor along with the association.

Want different results? Be willing to do two things: (1) adjust your lens (attitude) and (2) adjust your scope. Read more...


Online Recruitment through the Volunteer Network Hints & Tips

Take Time to Update Your Opportunities & Wish List Now

Stay active and be ready for the fall return of students by taking a few minutes to update your listings online. And remember to select your feature dates and generate some buzz for your listings (see below). 
  • Log in to your account 
  • Click on your 'Opportunities' tab 
  • Review the expiration dates of any opportunities listed 
  • Update your opportunities as needed by clicking on the "update" link


Boost Your Recruitment - Get Your Opportunity Featured 

Get some buzz started about volunteer opportunities at your organization by including them in the VolunteerBloomington! weekly update. VolunteerBloomington! is published in the Herald-Times every Wednesday, distributed to thousands via a subscription email list and spotlighted on area radio stations through public service announcements.
  • Log in to your account 
  • Select an opportunity to feature
  • Click on the "edit general information" link
  • Scroll to question #9 and select up to 3 dates to request your opportunity be featured
 It's FREE, it's EASY and it's EFFECTIVE! Update your listings now. 

 Questions? Contact Lucy at 349-3433 or

For best recruitment: Remember to keep your organization and opportunities up to date! Log in to update your listings.
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Grants, Funding & Recognition Programs
Volunteer Resources & Materials
Read Up On Volunteer Management
Quick Links


Save the date for these events and opportunities:
July 19
Volunteer VIP Session
Topic: Creative Conflict Resolution for Volunteer Managers
(see info at left)

Sept. 7
IU Student
Involvement Fair

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

September 30
The Essentials: Volunteer Management Training
read more

Oct 12-13
Governor's Conference on Service and Volunteering
read more

Dec 6-7
Because Kids Count Conference
Indianapolis, IN

Save the Date!
April 3, 2012

Be More Awards
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Useful Links

General Resources that may be helpful to your program:

Non-Profit Alliance Weekly E-Newsletter
If you don't already get it -- it contains grant opportunities, new resources, and other useful information -- to subscribe, email

At the Monroe County Public Library: Foundation Center's database and the Library's Grant Collection, resources, books, periodicals, links and much more.

2-1-1 Infolink Web site

2003 Monroe County Service Community Assessment of Needs (SCAN) 

Monroe County Public Library's Community Organizations Database

Community Calendars Listing

Indiana Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives

Indiana Youth Institute

Energize Inc.

For more resources go to the Volunteer Network Resources for Volunteer Managers page
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