Ideas for IVD
International Volunteer Day
(December 5th) is coming up. Here are ideas for
a new page on your Web site to coincide with IVD that notes specifically the
IMPACT volunteers make at your organization and in your community.
your local newspaper about publishing an editorial on December 5 that will
focus on the impact volunteers make specifically to your organization and to
the immediate community.
your own theme for IVD. You can link IVD and the contributions of volunteers to
critical issues facing your community, such as HIV/AIDS, children's education,
adult literacy, environmental protection, etc.
Share Your Recognition Idea
Ko taku rourou
Ko tau rou rou
Ka ora te tangataWith my resources
And your resources
Everyone will benefit
- A New
Zealand Maori Proverb, submitted by Ann F. HodsonShare Your Quote
|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|October Hot Topic:
the Client's Perspective in Designing Volunteer Roles
reflects on her recent healthcare experiences to question whether we
are simply missing the boat by not directing volunteers into work
that is of greatest value to the users
of our services right
In a changing world, can we afford to ignore emerging needs -- and
isn't it important to ask volunteers to do whatever is of highest
Read this Month's Hot Topic
can subscribe to the Hot Topic as a podcast or
RSS text feed --
or listen to the audio online.
News: The Energize Web Site Just Got Better!
are delighted to announce the launch of our
redesigned Web site!
All the volunteer management resources, advice, and help we have
always provided are now easier to find. Also, we think this new
design will make it clear how many more
are available to you -- resources that you may not have thought of.
Our goal is to educate, inform, and support leaders of volunteers so
that they may lead volunteer involvement most successfully. We hope
our new Web site design will make that even more possible.
Here's what has changed:
Energize Web site has been up for 12 years - which is a long time
when measured in Internet years (sort of like dog years). Be aware
that not only do we avoid being a "cobWeb" (a site that never
changes), we also keep timeless material accessible. There is an
archive of past Hot Topics since
1997, a listing of past "News from the Field" items
in reverse chronological order, an archive of these monthly Updates starting
from May 2008 (with the option of clicking directly to "Susan's
Tip of the Month" for each), and more.
hope you'll like the new look and feel of the site, which extends
to every page. We want it to be welcoming, readable, and simple
to find what you need.
Energize homepage now features the timeliest material prominently.
The current Hot Topic and
responses are front and center, followed by News from the Field,
which is updated weekly. We're also highlighting the Book Blog
which debuted in June. Bookstore Manager, Lindsay Liprando,
regularly posts a wonderful array of interviews with authors,
excerpts from books, and material about publications relevant to
managing volunteers, though written for a general audience. Note
that all three of these continuously-changing items are announced on
at the top of every page on the site now gives you a set of drop-down
menus, immediately showing what's offered in each section. This is not only helpful, but lets you click directly to any specific page. Of
course you can also search by keyword or use the updated site map.
that what used to be called "Referral Network" has been separated
into two categories called Events, Courses and Awards
and Sources for Info and Exchange. Many
of you regularly come to the site looking for quotations about
volunteering and other motivational material. To help you, we've
expanded the name of that area to Quotes and Collective Wisdom.
addition to showing dates for the most recent postings throughout
the site (we will continue to update information continuously),
you'll find a heading in the middle of the homepage titled "1000+
site pages, so little time!"
under which we'll highlight weekly some of the interesting pages
of resources found within our comprehensive site. Different pages
will appear each time you visit. We encourage you to click through
and learn more about the many things available to you.
the very top of each page we've put section
that give you quick access to the four components of our company:
also highlighted books, journal articles, and upcoming trainings in
prominent boxes on the Energize homepage.
- the Energize main site with free resources and references
- the Online Bookstore with over 80 titles specifically on volunteer management
- e-Volunteerism, the quarterly online journal for the volunteer community
- Everyone Ready®, the online volunteer management training program
the masthead of the homepage, take a moment to click on Dimensions of Volunteering and Service
This area "maps" the volunteer world, explaining the many
labels put on different types of service and showing Energize Web
site resources of special interest to each.
|Susan's Tip of the Month: Personal
Here's an easy and revealing group exercise that you can use as an
icebreaker in new volunteer orientation, in training paid staff about
volunteering, or with any audience which you would like to educate about how
integral volunteering is both to community life and to each of our personal
Create a worksheet with several columns.
Head the left column "Stage of Life." Below,
enter the following age periods, creating
a row across for each:
Before age 5 (might
have been with your family)
As an elementary/primary school student (might have been with your class)
As a high school student
As a university student
In your 20s
In your 30s and 40s
In your 50s and 60s
Age 70 and above
Make the second column the widest and head it "What You Did." Then make columns for "What Did You Call It?"
and "Why Did You Do It?"
Give these instructions at the top of the sheet and also explain orally:
We have all done some form of service to others and
our communities, but often have not labeled these activities as "volunteering."
Think back to different times in your
life and identify some ways you "volunteered," "helped in the community,"
"served others," or did anything to assist a cause for which you were not paid
for people to complete the worksheet.
They may need to jog their memories!
lots of ways you can then share or use their responses. Here is a starter set of discussion
questions. Adapt these to who's
participating and to your goals in doing the exercise:
see how, regardless of the vocabulary you used to describe these things, they
share the common attributes of "volunteering"?
- Were you
surprised at the amount and range of the things you've done in your life
(whether a lot or a little) that could be called "volunteering"?
- Which of
your personal volunteer experiences were the most memorable, valuable or
rewarding for you? Why?
- Which did you dislike or feel wasted your time?
activities do you feel made the greatest contribution to the person,
organization or cause you were trying to help?
(Did any make things worse?)
- How might
your answers to the previous questions give you an understanding of how to
treat volunteers in our organization today?
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