Honors for Volunteers and Staff
Our hospital launched a new recognition program whereby ANYONE can nominate a
person for service above and beyond. This program includes employees,
physicians AND volunteers.
Volunteers are part of this program, rather than having
their own separate "volunteer of the month" that may be perceived as lesser than
staff programs. It is great to see their names recognized on the bulletin board
along with physicians and paid staff!
-Submitted by Marcia Ferguson
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|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|August Hot Topic:
The Separation of Service-learning from Volunteering...and
Does It Matter?
Service-learning has evolved as a
world unto itself apart from the field of volunteer management, despite the
connecting link of the young people engaged in service. Why is it
important for educators, students, and the public to see service-learning as a type
of volunteering? How can volunteer program managers bridge the
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|Ask Linda Graff!
Do you have a question about risk management or policy
development in your volunteer program? E-mail your question to email@example.com by
Monday, August 17th. Linda Graff (the volunteer field's leading authority on
all matters risky) will pick a question to answer in a post on the Energize Book Blog, and
we'll try to provide some advice for everyone who writes in. (Don't be afraid
to share your issues -- we won't post the last name, e-mail address, or
organization of the asker on the blog.)
Special offer! Linda is the author of numerous books on volunteer management which the Energize online bookstore carries in
electronic (PDF) format. We currently
have a limited number of Linda's books in paperback -- so if you've been
waiting to purchase a hard copy of Best of All, Better Safe..., or By Definition, now's
your chance! Just be sure to click the button for the paperback version
when placing your order.
In case you missed it, you can still
read or listen to our interview with Volunteer Vancouver about their new book, A People Lens, and ask
questions about effectively utilizing highly-skilled volunteers here.
|Valuable New Online Resources Available from the
In the past
month, the Corporation for National and Community Service, in cooperation with
various other government agencies, has released an array of exceptionally useful
materials for the volunteer community -- whether in or out of the States.
First, the Volunteering in America Web site has been completely updated with the latest
research findings from 2008. You can
find detailed multi-year information on volunteering trends and demographics in
all 50 states, U.S. regions, and several cities. A summary of the findings can
be found in the 6-page PDF, Volunteering in America Research Highlights.
Also on the Volunteering in America site are a number of provocative
research reports, some highlighted on the main page and others listed in the
research area. You can read about
everything from why people do and don't volunteer to the correlation between
watching television and volunteering.
In partnership with HandsOn Network, the Corporation is providing
specific resources to support the findings of the Volunteering in America reports.
These can be found in a special section of the Corporation's Resource Center.
The most in-depth new tool is the Nonprofit Readiness Toolkit for Pro Bono Volunteering, a guide to managing corporate and professional volunteers donating their expertise to enhance
your organization's work. You will need
to create a free online account to access the Toolkit, but there are no
restrictions on who may sign on.
Tip of the Month: Ask the Unexpected
One of the wonderful things about interviewing volunteers is that we do
not have to probe only formal educational or work experience background. For many types of volunteer assignments,
particularly those that match the volunteer with a client, what we are trying
to discover is what the person is like in terms of personality, openness to
different ideas, or even sense of humor. So we can be creative in what we ask during an interview.
Here is a starter list of interesting questions. Some of them I've always liked, but I also
did a Google search on "unusual interviewing questions" and found more. Remember, the idea is to go beyond what an
interviewer trying to fill a paid job might want to know.
last idea. Don't consider interviewing a one-time, at-the-start activity. It's
easy to cubbyhole volunteers into the assignments we give them on day one. How
do we identify volunteers with potential to do more or different things?
Perhaps asking one or more of the questions above at periodic intervals, or
during an annual review, will result in uncovering buried treasure.
- What did you study in school that you've never had
the chance to use/apply?
- If you look at volunteering here as an educational
experience, what new thing or skill would you like to learn?
- What do you have most fun doing?
has someone done for you in the past that you would like to "pay forward"
by doing something for someone else?
If you could wave a magic wand, what things would
you change or add around here?
- If you had won
a lottery of 10 million dollars, how would you spend that money?
- If you could
choose to meet a person from history, who would it be and why?
do you think our clients could teach you?
you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
current news stories do you think most affect the people we serve?
would you like to be famous for?
do you think is the difference between volunteering and working for
pay? How could we make your
volunteer position distinct from any job you've had?
adult, other than your parents, had an important influence on you when you
were growing up?
- What's interesting about you that your resume doesn't identify?
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