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Volunteer Testimonials Needed

Deadline Sept. 1

The Safety Net Newspaper wants to include volunteer testimonials from people volunteering in the area of poverty/homelessness/social justice. These types of articles are really powerful! You may already have a few from your organization's own newsletter but if you ask for them, they will come. For the next issue, please submit your volunteer testimonials by Sept. 1. If you make that deadline, you will also be eligible for a drawing for a complete set of volunteer quotation cards - 32 in all! If you can't make that deadline, submit them when you can and we'll send them along to David White for a future issue.



Grants Available

Do Something 9/11 Remembrance Grants

Deadline: September 1 

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11th, Do Something and American Express are teaming up to offer grants to take action and start your own projects in your communities. They're looking for projects that have been started or are being planned in the spirit of September 11th including youth-led projects that recognize and commemorate emergency responders, the troops, and programs that promote diversity all across the country. These can be on-going projects, or projects specifically planned around the 10th anniversary of September 11th. Winners will be announced on 9/11. 


UnitedHealth HEROES Grants

Deadline: October 17

The UnitedHealth HEROES program is a service-learning, health literacy initiative that awards grants to help youth, ages 5-25, create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. The grants encourage semester-long projects that launch on MLK Day of Service  and culminate on Global Youth Service Day. Schools, service-learning coordinators, non-profits, and students in the health professions located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for the $500 - $1,000 grants. Learn more at       




Right Place, Wrong Volunteer: How to Handle the Mismatch

FREE Webinar September 21, 1-2 p.m.   

Preregistration is required.
The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19.  

Register Here 

Does your non-profit organization rely on volunteers to help things run smoothly? Do you find yourself with a few challenging volunteers who you aren't sure how to handle?  This Webinar will teach you how to identify and address common pitfalls in volunteer placement, including how to let go of a volunteer who is not the right fit for your organization. 

  • WHO: Anyone who manages volunteers, including volunteer board members
  • WHAT: A 60-minute Webinar on how to handle challenging volunteers
  • WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • COST: Free for anyone serving Indiana youth; $30 fee for those who do not.

You will learn how to: 

  • Identify typical difficulties in volunteer placement;
  • Plan a conversation with a volunteer who must be removed;
  • Develop a timeline and outcome map to guide the process;
  • Protect your organization's reputation  

About the presenters: Linda Michael and Susan Burns, Michael Burns Consulting, LLC

Linda Michael
Linda Michael is a leader in professional development for Indiana educators, facilitating hundreds of learning events. After a teaching career, Michael now serves as program director for one of the state's 9 Regional Education Service Centers. Recently, Michael earned the international professional coaching certification.

Suan Burns
Susan Burns' expertise includes specialized corporate communications training, as well as grant writing, leadership coaching, facilitation, and strategic planning. From daily journalism to multi-million dollar grant writing, Burns' career is one of great achievements and awards.   




Volunteering in America 2011 Released

The latest Volunteering in America report finds that volunteers are resolute in their commitment to serving their neighbors and communities, with 62.8 million adults volunteering almost 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations in 2010, service valued at almost $173 billion. Explore this website for the most comprehensive data on volunteering ever assembled including volunteer profiles for all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as hundreds of metropolitan areas, rankings, demographic trends, and profiles of volunteer organizations making an impact on some of our nation's toughest challenges.  


You'll also see specialized Volunteering in America profiles for Generation X, Veterans, Baby Boomers, College Students, Older Adults, Young Adults, Teenagers, Millennials, Men, Women and Parents. The profiles find that teen volunteer rates have stayed consistently higher between 2002 and 2010 than they were in 1989, possibly reflecting the spread of service-learning in schools across the country, the influence of parental volunteering, and the rise of technology that makes it easier for teens to find volunteer opportunities. Volunteer rates for young adults (ages 20 to 24) tend to be lower than teenage volunteer rates, but the national volunteer rate tends to increase with age until mid-life.   




Encourage Your Senior Volunteers to Register Now for Senior Salute 2011

Free Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Sept. 16
On Friday, September 16th, anyone 55+ is invited to Senior Salute, held annually at Area 10 Agency on Aging's Endwright Center, for a free luncheon, program, and awards ceremony.  Senior Salute is a program of the Monroe County Fall Festival and is held in honor and celebration of the invaluable contributions older adults make to our community.  The program begins at 10:40 and lunch is served at noon. Pre-registration required by September 9.  To register to attend, contact Area 10 via email ( or mail (Area 10 Agency on Aging, Attn: Senior Salute, 631 West Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN 47429) with your name, phone number, date of birth, and number of years you have been with your significant other (includes dating and is optional).  Call 876-3383 ext. 579 with questions.



Nominate an outstanding older adult for Senior Salute by Sept. 2!

The annual Senior Salute event occurs on September 16th at Area 10 Agency on Aging's Endwright Center.  Ten Monroe and Owen County individuals will be honored for their outstanding community contributions.  The Senior Salute Committee needs your help in finding the 2011 Senior Honorees to be recognized.  Senior Honorees are individuals 55+ who have positively impacted Monroe and/or Owen Counties through volunteer service, civic engagement, and overall contribution.  Please submit nominee's name, date of birth, township, address, county, phone number, and email, as well as a statement describing his/her length, breadth and impact of contribution to the community.  Include nominator's contact info.  Mail to Susanna Foxworthy at Area 10 (631 West Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN 47429).  Deadline is September 2nd.      



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