Volunteer Book Launching with Community
CelebrationShare Your Recognition Idea
Volunteer Nelson NZ has produced a book of
volunteer stories and photos. The book is to be launched at a cafe, with a
special guest (a NZ author). A Hip Hop Salsa group will perform and
Zealand delicacies will be
cooked and served by two local chefs - all generously volunteered to Volunteer
Nelson, and a very special event for all volunteers in our region.
sign of mediocrity when you celebrate gratitude in moderation." Goooo
- Submitted by Jude McNabb
If you don't believe one person can make a
difference, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
- Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
- Submitted by Pam Betz
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|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|August Hot Topic: The Yin and Yang of China's Olympic Volunteers
1.7 million Chinese have gone through a rigorous application, screening,
and training process to become Olympic volunteers, but much of the press
coverage to date treats this not as quality volunteer management, but as
suspect "government control." Susan challenges readers to watch
Olympics reporting carefully this month and report back on positives,
negatives, and contradictions revealed.
Read this Month's Hot Topic
Remember you can listen to the Hot Topic as a podcast, too!
a New Book by Marlene Wilson
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| Hawaiian Conference Lowers Registration Fee
announced this conference a few months ago, but it's worth noting again - plus
there's some good news. The Volunteer Resource Center of Hawaii has taken the lead in convening a
major conference in Honolulu on September 16-19, 2008: the first Asia Pacific Volunteer Leadership Conference. As of 18 July, in
response to the economic concerns of many, the conference fee has
been REDUCED to only $200 - read the press release for details.
by organizations committed to the common theme of international volunteer
management, the conference has four "Streams":
- international volunteer management
- opportunities for the aging
- disaster readiness and recovery
- pathways to peace and service
have been invited from almost a dozen countries, including the US, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Attendees may choose to remain in
one Stream for the workshops or may sample workshops from different Streams. In
addition, everyone will take part in unique Reflection Pool sessions. There
will also be a day of site visits to multicultural Hawaiian volunteer programs.
promises to be an exciting and visionary event. Hawai`i is the ideal location for bringing
together people from the Pacific Rim who share a common focus in encouraging and strengthening
If you are
located anywhere around the Pacific Rim (including the west coast of the USA), consider attending this special
conference. Check out the airfares before concluding it's too
expensive! There are some good deals out there!
information and registration, go to: http://vrchawaii.org/APVLConference/.
|Susan's Tip of the Month:
the Concept of Social Entrepreneurship
we all know, can clarify or complicate. If you've been confused about the way
phrases such as "social enterprise" or "social entrepreneurship" are being
used, here's a quick primer on terminology.
has been in use for a long time), is applied when a business considers its
"bottom line" to be more than financial profit and demonstrates tangible
concern for the environment, good working conditions for its employees, humane
treatment of animals, and/or other legal and ethical ways to be a "good corporate
citizen." Employee volunteer programs
fall into this category, as does financial philanthropy.
Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship
are newer terms used to describe several different things:
brings us to the "entrepreneurship model" of volunteering. First, this includes anyone who founds or
runs any of the above types of enterprises.
Such "social entrepreneurs" are very often volunteers - at least in the
beginning. There's nothing new about
this, since all social innovation begins with activists willing to work hard to
establish something they believe in. But
now it has a name.
- A company that is for-profit, but directs its business profits towards meeting social needs. Can include:
- Giving all or a percentage of profits to charity.
- Hiring or training people in need to be its labor force.
- Locating in places selected to stimulate economic development.
- Fair trade practices, without exploiting underdeveloped artisans or tradespeople.
- Sometimes recruit volunteers to help staff retail shops to increase ultimate revenues from sales that can then be directed to charitable work.
- A not-for-profit organization that runs a business enterprise in order to fund its work (cash income) or meet its mission (e.g., retraining the unemployed).
- A business or a nonprofit founded specifically to address a social need, in an effort to solve a community problem or demonstrate alternate ways of offering services - almost always employing the ethical principles of good corporate social responsibility. Examples:
- Renewable energy alternatives.
- Urban car- or bicycle-share projects.
- Recycling of used computers to give to the poor.
- and perhaps more interesting - use of the term social entrepreneur refers to volunteers who want to innovate or
experiment with new ways of addressing needs.
Specifically, these people are looking for ways
approach to volunteer work design has recently been extolled as the best way to
recruit both Baby Boomers and Millennials/Generation Y (who have quite a bit in
common despite the age gap), it really is a great way to get out of the trap of
considering volunteers as staff "assistants."
It presupposes that someone from the "outside" might bring a fresh
perspective to an organization's challenges and that volunteers who participate
in creating the projects they tackle will develop longer and deeper engagement
with the cause.
- To be creative in approaching community or client needs - not to "fill a slot" of a job-like volunteer position description.
- To innovate - not to perpetuate traditional, possibly failed, ways of giving services.
- To be able to apply their skills, talents, and time to changing/improving the world, not just "helping" an organization.
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