We wrote a letter to all the merchants at a
near-by shopping center, asking them to offer a one-time special discount on their
services or products for our volunteers. We designed a "Volunteer Appreciation
Card," which listed the merchants on the back, and specified the benefit. Share Your Recognition Idea
After the retailers approved the card, we distributed
them at our annual volunteer recognition event. It is a "win-win" for
our community, and a good marketing tool for the shop owners. Our volunteers
- Submitted by LouAnne
Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, Dallas TX
|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|October Hot Topic: The Confusing Talk About "Service"
We've recently had a flurry of special events,
legislative proposals, and media attention focused on the subject of "service."
It was brought to a head by an event in New York City on
September 11-12, called ServiceNation, at which both presidential candidates
spoke. But what are we talking about? Lumping all forms of "service"
together hinders rather than helps debate and action. Susan examines the
Read this Month's Hot Topic
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|November 1st Is International Volunteer Managers Day
The contribution of volunteers is universally
recognized -- in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities, the arts,
and environmentalism. As Update readers
know, volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery everywhere.
However, volunteering does not succeed in a
vacuum. Behind this army of volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of
individuals and agencies who are responsible for the coordination, support,
training, administration and recruitment of the world's volunteers -- skilled
professionals who are adept at taking singular passion and turning it into
reason to celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day, held every year on
November 1. It's a day to let those
professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by
them, and to thank them. Whether you are
an administrator, a volunteer, a community leader or someone who receives the
benefit of volunteer help, make sure the people who act as leaders and
catalysts get the recognition they deserve!
information on International Volunteer Managers Day, including ideas for how to
celebrate it and what is scheduled already around the world, go to the IVMD Web Site.
Inc. salutes you all!
|Reminder: Be Sure You're Getting Our Book Buzz
middle of every month, we send a special e-mail to anyone who signs up,
focusing specifically on volunteer management books. The Book
Buzz -- it's free -- announces new
publications or books new to the Energize Online Bookstore. Each month we highlight a different topic by
noting books on that subject and giving a useful excerpt from one of them. And we often include discounts offered only
to Book Buzz subscribers. Not already on board? Email Us to sign up.
Tip of the Month:
"Can Blogging Work for You?"
one of those Internet options that has exploded in popularity and is still
finding its limitations and potential.
At its heart it's a simple concept:
an online journal or diary, available to the public, with the capacity
to offer text, audio and video and allow site visitors to reply (see the
Wikipedia entry for "blog").
much on the Web, blogs range wildly in value, from egotistical rants to arcane
musings to truly useful commentaries or sources of information. They offer many different perspectives and
personal experiences, and are increasingly used by the media as research
sources. Volunteering is already a
subject in the "blogosphere." Go to any
of the blog search engines, such as Technorati,
and do some exploring. The keyword
"volunteering" found 12,433 results for
me just now. Clearly someone is busy typing!
There are several ways you might use blogging to help in volunteer
recruitment, recognition, general visibility, and professional exchange.
worry about opening the door to unsolicited and unwanted postings. You have the choice of screening postings
before they appear online or of letting everything go live but monitoring the
site carefully and removing anything offensive. This is another good reason for assigning a volunteer as Blog Editor.
- Ask whether any of your current volunteers already has a blog (you may be
surprised!). Suggest that s/he include thoughts about her or his volunteer experiences in your organization in this existing blog. Since blog text can be hyperlinked, whenever a volunteer mentions your organization's name, it can allow the reader to click through to a page on your Web site that talks about volunteering. (Keep this in mind whenever volunteers receive special recognition or reach a milestone of service; remind them to include mention of this in their blogs.)
- Start your own blog -- personally or by recruiting a volunteer to do so -- either on
your organization's Web site or on an independent site. (There are many sites that allow you to start a blog for free, such as Google's Blogger.) Make the theme of the blog volunteering at your organization. Post announcements of public events, new volunteer position vacancies, volunteer training, winners of awards, etc.
- Invite current volunteers, clients, and staff to be guest writers. Encourage them to share things such as:
This therefore not only attracts the potential of prospective new volunteers, but it serves to recognize, appreciate and celebrate current volunteers.
- Testimonials about volunteering and feelings of accomplishment
- Interesting or funny volunteering experiences
- Reflections on the meaning of their volunteering
- Raise a "question of the month" and encourage everyone in your organization to respond.
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