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March Hot Topic: "The Difference Between Needing and Wanting Volunteers"

2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service

Join a Free Conference Call to Learn About Everyone Ready

Opportunity for Free or Discounted Training from PFTS

Susan's Tip of the Month: "Extra Effort Log"
Recognition Idea
What Does My Mentor Mean To Me?

Our members/volunteers tutor and mentor at-risk youth.

For National Volunteer Week we are sponsoring an essay contest. The theme is "What Does My Mentor Mean to Me?"

We are going to post these essays on the program listserv and prizes will be awarded for the top three essays.

Submitted by Leslie, Special Programs Coordinator, AmeriCorps-UTA, TX

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Volunteerism Quote
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Wisdom of the Sands

Submitted by Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey

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Energize Volunteer Management Update
March 2009
a1March Hot Topic: The Difference between Needing and Wanting Volunteers

Susan shares some true stories that highlight the gap between ever-expanding needs for volunteers and resistance from organizations who do not actually want this help. How welcoming is your setting? Whose responsibility is it to question negative or uninformed attitudes?

Read this Month's Hot Topic
Remember you can listen to the Hot Topic as a podcast, too!

a2 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service

The 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, co-convened by Points of Light Institute/HandsOn Network (POLI/HON) and the Corporation for National and Community Service, will take place on June 22-24 in San Francisco, CA. The annual event provides opportunities to learn, connect and be inspired. This year's theme is "Civic. Energy. Generation."   For more information, visit www.volunteeringandservice.org.
POLI/HON has just announced the availability of scholarships for the event:

Scholarships will cover the registration fee only; there will be additional expenses including travel, hotel accommodations and food. It is important that the applicant and organization determine if they can cover the additional conference expenses prior to applying for a scholarship. Selections will be made based on greatest need.

Apply online here by April 6, 2009.  You will be notified of the status of your application on or before April 15, 2009.

a3Join a Free Conference Call to Learn about
Everyone Ready

Wondering whether Energize's online volunteer management training program, Everyone Ready can meet your professional development needs?  Get a short "sneak peek" at how it all works and learn how current members capitalize on using Everyone Ready in their organizations to recruit and work with volunteers effectively. 
Ask your questions (without feeling pressured) in a live conference call with Susan. There are three opportunities to join a call:
  • Thursday, March 5th at 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, March 11th, at 3:00 p.m. EST
The calls are free in North America; those of you located elsewhere can use Skype or other VOIP calling systems to dial into the landline at minimal cost.
To register, please e-mail everyoneready@energizeinc.com with your name, telephone number, and in which of the calls you want to participate.  We will respond with instructions for phoning in.
Remember, too that you can sign up for a $99 TRIAL MEMBERSHIP for two months, with automatic monthly credit card payments of $49.00 thereafter (you may cancel the monthly billing at any time after the initial $99 payment).  Enroll by March 13 and you'll be in time for Susan's online seminar, "New Approaches to Recruitment," that starts on March 16th.

a4Opportunity for Free or Discounted Training from People First - Total Solutions

Australian colleague Martin J. Cowling, president of People First-Total Solutions, has announced a "Special 2009 Recession Busting Offer" offering a free day of training or heavily discounted days of training to 9 volunteer centers or associations of volunteer administrators/DOVIAs in the USA in 2009.  The content and details about the day are available on the PFTS Web site, including how to apply.

a5 Susan's Tip of the Month:  "Extra Effort Log"

Many of you are gearing up for the schedule of volunteer recognition events that run around the world from April through June.  Here's an idea to add to the mix.
We tend to recognize volunteers for their "regular" work -- whatever major assignment they have taken on.  But throughout the year many individuals help with a wide variety of special projects or quick response needs.  These can be anything, though common ones are:
  • Decorating or otherwise setting up for a holiday, birthday, or other festivity
  • Giving a tour or sharing experiences with a visitor of importance
  • Pitching in when the office had to be moved for painting or when the snow turned the parking lot into Siberia
  • Substituting on short notice for the volunteer who went into labor two weeks early
  • Revising the instruction checklist for the one-day volunteering event
  • Participating in planning meetings to develop the new recruitment campaign
Do these sound familiar?  I'll bet they do.  These -- and many more activities -- happen all the time, and we tend to take them for granted.  We may indeed say thank you at the time (at least, we should!), but they rarely get remembered or recorded.
Try keeping an "Extra Effort Log" and keep track of such special assistance all year long.  Record what the paid staff and even your executives do, too.  Then, when it comes time for annual recognition, you'll have lots more to say than the usual.  Some ideas:
  • As you call individuals up for their certificates, mention something "forgotten" or unknown by most about the extra effort that volunteer (or staffer) did in the last 12 months.
  • Put an extra line onto the certificate or in a note, mentioning the special activity.
  • Create an "extra effort" display and post a montage of all the things volunteers did above-and-beyond their ordinary duties. If you took photographs, use those, or make a slide show.
  • Report on paper and/or orally about all of this. People may be aware of the work volunteers accomplish regularly, but often it's the extras that really illuminate how the organization depends on this corps of workers.
Besides, this is the fun stuff and everyone will enjoy hearing about it!  

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