Idea for the upcoming International Volunteer's Day on
5 December 2009
Launch 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. Talk about the results of their contributions and detail how these
contributions make a real difference.- Submitted by UN
Share Your Recognition Idea
"There is only one thing worse than training your
volunteers and having them leave - and that's not training them, and having
them stay."- unknown
Submitted by Eileen Macmillan, American Friends of the
University of Edinburgh, CA, USAShare Your Quote
|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|November Hot Topic:
Blitz vs. Media Noise: What Are We
Trying to Accomplish?
We've just ended the
Entertainment Industry Foundation's attempt to mention volunteering in all
types of media. What's important is not
which popular shows carried the volunteering message or even how well. Susan raises key questions about the goals
and outcomes of the supposed media blitz.
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.
Discount! Happy International Volunteer Managers Day - November
salutes all our colleagues around the world who
daily support and further the work of millions of volunteers so
To show our appreciation of all of
you, Energize is offering a 25% discount on any purchase in our Online Bookstore! This offer is good
from now through Saturday, November 7th.
So, take a moment to cheer
yourselves! Send congratulations to
friends in this amazing profession of ours.
Let your organization's leaders know about the IVMD Web site to recognize how your efforts fit into the
bigger picture. And make use of your
|Contribute to OurSharedResources.org
Tony Goodrow of Volunteer2 has
just opened a brand new Web site called OurSharedResources.org that promises to be a real contribution to
the volunteer field. This is a free
service where those who work in the field of volunteer management will be able
to add useful resources and others in the field will be able to access them. As the homepage says, "With many people
contributing a little, we avoid re-inventing the wheel time and time again." Resources can be:
Everyone always wants
to see examples of real-life materials that colleagues have worked hard to
develop and already proven useful (energizeinc.com will link to this new site
because it collects material we do not).
But OurSharedResources.org will only work if you post to it as well as take from it!
Downloadable, real-world examples of forms, manuals
or position descriptions
Templates and tools for creating resources
Tips, ideas and how-to articles
from the Field to the "Reimagining Service" Report
A collective of civic and
corporate leaders have just issued the next generation of their report on "Reimagining Service," following up their work on this subject last
year. This is an important document which
deserves attention - and response! There are some wonderful things in it and
also some potentially disturbing points. See what you think. Go to ReimaginingService.org and click on the full report. Then become part of the discussion.
|We Made It onto the Complete Idiot's Guide List!
What's an indicator of public acceptance? Becoming a topic in the ever-growing Idiot's
Guide to... catalog. So applaud the publication of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
colleague John Lipp. We're lucky that he was tapped to write the book because
he has done a great job. Working with their standard template, he has crammed a
lot of very useful information into 304 pages, all in bite-sized chunks. Of
course, the big question is where the book will be placed in general bookstores
since they do not have a shelf for nonprofit management, let alone volunteer
management. Best guess? It will be with the business management books. Ask for it and get your local bookstore to
|Susan's Tip of the Month: "Bring the Media Blitz Home"
Chances are, at least for anyone watching American television, that you
told volunteers to be on the lookout for mentions of service on TV and
elsewhere during the week of October 19th. Even though the media blitz was something of
a bust, you can still make use of it as a conversation starter. Here are some ideas:
Run a contest for who saw the most mentions of the
word "volunteer" and where.
Hold a brown-bag lunch to discuss what volunteers
(and paid staff) thought about the storylines or public service announcements
they saw. Did they feel the messages
represented them? How or how not?
Talk about how volunteering for your organization might be incorporated into the storyline of a
popular show. Which characters would
make good volunteer additions to your team? If you like the ideas generated, write them up and send them to the
show's producers, with a copy to the Entertainment Industry Foundation. You never know!
Again if some fun ideas surface, "act out" the
scenarios at your next volunteer party or recognition event. Find pictures of the actors involved and make
masks for the skit players to wear as they speak the lines of fantasy dialogue
the characters would have in doing or talking about their volunteer work.
Energize empowers and inspires leaders of volunteers worldwide. Our specialty is creating and selecting the most relevant, innovative resources in volunteer management. We're advocates for the power of
volunteers and for the recognition of the leaders who unleash it.
5450 Wissahickon Ave. C-13
Philadelphia PA 19144
|Pass It On!
Pass on this update to interested
news groups and others who work with volunteers.
Material may be re-posted or
printed without additional permission, provided credit is given to Energize,
Inc., and our Web site address is included: http://www.energizeinc.com/.