Thank You Scrolls
Our agency's gift to the volunteers is a letter, creatively arranged, having
various quotes from staff and our executive director about the value of
volunteers. We'll scroll these and tie them with a ribbon to make them look
decorative. A wonderful keepsake to let volunteers know that they're valued.
- Submitted by Susan Lebovitz
Share Your Recognition Idea
"Plant flowers in others' gardens and your life becomes a
bouquet!"- Author Unknown; submitted by Lisa Letto, Nutrition Resource and Volunteer Centre, University of Saskatchewan
Share Your Quote
|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|April Hot Topic: "You Get What You Pay For"
Society holds contradictory attitudes about
money that affect volunteering in many ways. Susan explores some of the most common notions, from "if it's worth
doing, it's worth paying for it" to "you couldn't pay someone to do this." How can we believe both that money equals worth and
that money in some ways taints the receiver? Share how such preconceptions affect your
work and how you combat them.
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|Energize Publishes Its First Kindle Book
Once again, Energize stays on the cutting edge
and publishes our first Kindle book. We announced last week that Susan
Ellis's classic book, From the Top Down: The Executive
Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement, has been fully updated and the 3rd
edition is now available in paperback and e-book versions. So, if you've
succumbed to the Kindle hoopla and have a device in your
bag or briefcase, download From the Top Down (Kindle Edition) from Amazon today.
Don't have a Kindle but would love an electronic edition of From the Top Down? No worries. We offer
a straightforward PDF edition of the book in the Energize Online Bookstore.
Read it on your PC or your Blackberry!
|Are You Ready for Everyone
Ready? Learn More in Free Conference Calls
Are you up-to-speed on
what's new in the Everyone Ready® online training program? How it can help you -- and maybe all the people
in your organization -- sharpen volunteer
management skills? Do you know your
participation is getting a lot of attention in many countries right now, and
more organizations are trying to get up to speed with their volunteer
management practices. Maybe the time is
right for you to become part of the Everyone
Ready learning community -- whether by recommending membership to your
entire organization or choosing
We offer a new topic
every month with high-quality online trainings by the top trainers in our field
- you can access the resources at your convenience, as often as you like.
To help you understand all
the features of this special program, we invite you to sign up for one of the free conference calls we will schedule
during the next month. To help us select
days and times, please click here to express your interest in being part of a no-obligation call and your
To our international colleagues: Everyone
Ready is ideal for anyone, in any country, willing to learn about volunteer
management in the English language. We
would be happy to talk with you, too, using Skype technology. So please also complete the sign-up form.
|Susan's Tip of the Month: Practicing What We Preach
One of the enduring mysteries of the volunteer management
field is how often those who lead volunteer efforts do not build a team of
volunteers to help them in their important work. Here we are, trying to get our paid staff
colleagues to develop creative assignments for the right volunteers -- and being
frustrated when we encounter resistance to this idea -- while we miss the opportunity
to be role models in demonstrating how valuable volunteers are to building the
organization's volunteer involvement strategy!
Not to mention that we could be getting some great, talented, and
Ask yourself some revealing questions:
- I see volunteers as:
How many volunteers now work specifically with me in coordinating
volunteer involvement and do not hold any other assignment in the agency?
- My staff
- My responsibility
- My charges
- My bosses
- Other ________________________
Do I have a functioning advisory committee or management team to give me
solid input and share the decision-making about volunteer involvement?
strategically involve volunteers in the following activities (always, often,
once in a while, never, or never thought to do it):
Are you satisfied with your responses? If so, that's great! But if not, can you identify what has been
holding you back from sharing your work with volunteers? Often the reasons will give you important
insight into why other paid staff are reluctant to take a chance on donated
talents. But you have no real excuse!
- Designing new roles/positions for
- Strategizing and carrying out
recruitment campaigns for new volunteers
- Interviewing prospective new
- Orienting and training other
- Evaluating the program overall
- Assessing the performance of volunteers themselves
- Going to meetings (with or without
me) with executives or the board to report the volunteer perspective on a topic
- Educating paid staff about working
me on online discussion forums
The idea is not to divert people who are interested
in other volunteer assignments -- you need to intentionally recruit volunteers
for whom working with you will be genuinely appealing. However, that doesn't mean you can't tap current
volunteers in some ways:
mind that, if you like your job, so will other people! You can recruit:
Do a skills and interests inventory - who has additional talents you have not yet
a promotion into agency-wide volunteer management (but be sure this is what the
volunteer really wants)
a leave of absence to work on a special project for you
cyber deputies, especially to handle social media for you
It is your goal to run the best possible volunteer effort for your organization to support its mission and expand available resources -- this is a vital role with which
many people will be happy to help, if you ask.
Students and career changers who want to explore volunteer management. In fact, consider creating a formal internship which allows someone to learn
about the profession. You can even post
an available internship for free in the special section of the Energize Job Bank.
with demonstrated skill in coordinating volunteers, even if they do not realize
they are "in" the volunteer management field, including:
- Officers of all-volunteer associations
- Leaders of political campaigns and advocacy efforts
- Alumni coordinators
- Special events coordinators
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.
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