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Get Ready for National Volunteer Week 2012
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National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. The 2012 theme will be 'Celebrating People in Action', a theme that captures the meaning behind this national event honoring individuals who use their time, talent, voice and money to take action and solve problems in their communities.   


A resource guide to help recognize volunteer service and equip organization with the marketing and communications tools needed to make their 2012 National Volunteer Week programs a success is available for download

Dear Volunteer Network Friend, Fan or Member:
As many of you know, the Volunteer Network now offers a Nonprofit Board Certificate program. Some of the attendees are currently serving on local boards; others are actively seeking board positions. If your organization is recruiting board members, let us know and we will send you the contact information for the latter. You can also post your board member volunteer needs with us online. Information about the next session is below. 

Bet and Lucy
The Volunteer Network Crew


Office Supply Give Away - Tuesday, Jan. 17
Free used office supplies available from IU. The Information Technology Dept. is going paperless - so it's all got to go!
  • 10-11 a.m. Open to All NonProfits
What type of office supplies are there?
Over 80 big boxes of binders, zillions of desktop organizers, hanging files, manila folders, electric staplers, tape dispensers, wall clocks, 3 hole punches, dry erase markers, letter openers, small dry erase boards, etc. Most are used; all are in good shape.

Where did it all come from?
The new Cyberinfrastructure Building has gone paperless, so they don't need these supplies anymore. Susan Coleman Morse, IU's Information Technology Sustainability Coordinator, has followed the IU protocols and now has permission to share them with the larger community.

Wruble Computing Center (the old University Middle School) at 10th and the ByPass. Be sure to enter the complex from the ByPass, so your vehicle is in the correct parking lot (the one on the north side of Wruble).

Please take a look at the map - you'll want your vehicle where you can load it easily. Go to the building entrance in the middle of the North side of Wruble.  Susan Coleman Morse, IU's Information Technology Sustainability Coordinator, is in charge of redistributing the goods. Either she or Bet will be waiting for you. Susan's cell number is 327-3999. Bet's is 812-360-6240.

Please bring your own boxes!

If you can't come yourself, send a volunteer with a list!
January Volunteer VIP - Valuing Volunteers
Volunteers in Bloomington Snapshot Report
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Center for Women's Ministries Conference Room
1529 S. Rogers St. (in The Warehouse just south of the Community Kitchen)



Ever wonder how Bloomington stacks up against other cities in terms of volunteering? What is the economic impact of volunteering in Bloomington? Be the first to learn the results of the Volunteer Network's Snapshot Report of Volunteering in Bloomington. PLUS - Learn more about how to value your volunteers by creating a system for recording their hours and efforts at your organization.


Be More Award Nominations
Deadline Feb. 1
Be More Nominations

Now is the time to nominate those outstanding volunteers in your program. Don't let time run out on you! Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1. Nominate a volunteer now!


NonProfit Board Certificate Program - Feb 2
Register by Jan. 31
register Thursday, February 2, 2012
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
$25 per person



This program is a great supplement to your organization's own board orientation. Participants who complete the certificate program will have confidence about their roles as board members and will possess a greater understanding of their responsibilities, obligations and expectations - legally, financially and ethically.
Build your board with individuals who start with a solid foundation of board leadership and watch your board's effectiveness and enthusiasm soar. Read more about the program here.


NPA 4th Annual Media Roundtable - Feb 14
Register by Friday, Feb. 10
Get Up Close and Personal with the Media
Want to increase the visibility of your nonprofit through effective relationships with local media? Do you know how to make a compelling pitch for the exciting work you are doing?
Join NPA for the 4th Annual Media Roundtable on Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Registration 8:45 a.m.; Training begins promptly at 9 a.m.) and learn how to work well with the media and network with them in person. You'll have an opportunity to make an actual story pitch to the media experts and learn how to make it even better. Come prepared to present a story idea no more than one minute long for this workshop. The event will also feature small group breakouts with the media and time for Q&A.
RSVP to Meagan Niese (812-331-4069 or by Friday, February 10th.

Disney Friends for Change Grants
Deadline: February 29

Disney Grant Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Whether you are passionate about protecting the planet, providing meals to those who need it or giving kids just like you the resources they need to star in their own play, be an athlete or an artist, you can be a Friend for Change!  Whatever your interests, a Disney Friends for Change Grant can help you make a difference for people, communities and the planet. Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant.   

Seeking Internship Placements for Kelley Business Students
The Civic Leadership Development program of IU's Kelley School of Business is looking to place undergraduate students in accounting, finance, marketing or management (i.e. strategy, operations, HR, tech, fundraising) internships in Bloomington-area nonprofit organizations for the Spring 2012 semester or from September 2012 - April 2013 (the academic year) for 8 - 12 hours a week.  CLD seeks to partner with organizations able to provide a meaningful work experience, as well as clear job responsibilities and adequate supervisory support, to ensure the success of CLD student interns in providing high-quality service to local nonprofits.  The mission of CLD is to increase Kelley students' awareness of social challenges through direct community service, to offer students opportunities to engage in constructive dialogue with community leaders, and to develop students' leadership skills and business acumen. To discuss an internship possibility, please contact Trish Kerle', Manager of CLD at IU/Kelley, at or 812-855-4076. 


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