Volunteer Resources Management Clearinghouse

February 1, 2006

Volume 1 #3

Filed under: Regular edition — by vrmclearinghouse @ 2:46 pm

1 February 2006  Volunteer. 1 #3
What’s in this Edition?
* What’s New?  New articles on baby boomers, volunteer awards, FLSA and youth volunteering, more.
* What’s the Buzz?  The latest topics of discussion on CyberVPM, volunteerweb, etc.  
* Now THAT’S Interesting!  Canada has it goin’ on.
* Great Finds   Get free training designs, photos of volunteering.
* Previously Unknown Tools   A blog for nonprofits, more background checks.

* What’s Going On?  Dallas/Fort Worth conference, diversity training near Seattle, a free volunteer leader workshop in Boston.
* What’s New? 
January 27 – Has Anyone Seen Our Award Winner?  Tammy Vega invites your thoughts on why volunteers who receive awards seem to disappear.
January 18 – Creating Boomer-friendly Volunteer Opportunities: Part 1: Restructuring Existing Opportunities.  Scott Martin’s sound advice on making the best use of Baby Boomer talent.
On Energize!
The Fair Labor Standards Act and Other Obstacles to Progress
The job of legal, financial and IT staff is to listen to what we need and want to do and then help us to find the best and appropriate ways in which to do it. Unfortunately, in the real world of volunteer management, these experts too often instead are our “no” people.
Also be sure to visit “Breaking News” at http://www.energizeinc.com/news.html where you will find a mention of this blog, as well as newsworthy items on a study of overseas volunteers developing important new skills, an update on a prominent mentoring project, and more.
On Merrill Associates
Topic of the Month – Engaging Youth Volunteers.  Mary Merrill writes about a Corporation for National and Community Service study just released that suggests a growing interest in volunteerism among young people. This study reveals some additional interesting facts.
On OZVPM: Australasian Volunteer Management
This Month’s Hot Topic will consider whether we have over regulated the way we manage volunteer programs – that is have we lost something along the way.  Make sure you also join OZ-VPM’s discussion group on Yahoogroups.
* What’s the Buzz?
A selection of topics being heatedly discussed in some of the most active online discussion groups for managers of volunteer resources.
Volunteer manuals, online referrals, whether to tell volunteers of a crime committed near the site, more on volunteer recognition.
Job descriptions, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, refugee women volunteers, faith-based volunteering, more.
Are there no volunteer opportunities for poor people?  More.
Follow-up discussion on awards and volunteers from article listed above for VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT REVIEW.

Do you  have a discussion group you’d like to share with other blog visitors?  Let us know at nan.hawthorne@verizon.net
* Now THAT’s Interesting!
Featuring items that speak to a higher level of thought on volunteer resources management.
The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement
Not only does the VolunteerCanada site has this extremely thoughtful overview of principles of volunteer management, they have an audit you can use to make sure you are on the straight and narrow.  You don’t have to be in Canada to benefit from looking to a higher standard.
* Great Finds  
FREE Training Designs by Betty Stallings
Get “Six Training Designs for Recruitment of Volunteers” as well as other free documents by well known trainer and all around cool person Betty Stallings.
Picture Me Volunteering!
VolunteeringEngland has an image bank of people volunteering that you can borrow.  I especially was pleased to find images of volunteers with disabilities.  Sometimes the best way to attract diversity is to display it.
* Previously Unknown Tools  
Britt Bravo’s Blog
Britt has a blog on NetSqaured: Remixing the Web for Social Change – A Project of Tech Soup.  The current entry on Britt’s blog concerns the results of a poll on what Internet tools are potentially most  useful for nonprofit organizations.  Take a look to see if the tools you need made the grade.
MORE Background Checks
Mary Finley of the Volunteer Central of Greater Tulsa shares: “Through a partnership with Volunteer Central of Greater Tulsa and American Background Checks, nonprofit organizations can order criminal background information online for only $3 each.  A portion of this small fee is donated to Volunteer Central to help support the many services offered to local nonprofit agencies including our volunteer referral service.  For more information please visit our website at http://www.volunteercentral-tulsa.org
* What’s Going On?
Dallas/Fort Worth Area 
15th Annual VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE Friday March 3, 2006 9:00AM-4:00PM
at Celebration Fellowship 1140 Morrison Drive Fort Worth, TX 76120 (I30 and Cooks Lane)
Hosted By: Director’s of Volunteers of Dallas, Tarrant, and Denton Counties and The Volunteer Center of North Texas
For more information contact: Marilyn Hughes @817-412-5602 or Email mhughes@carterbloodcare.org   or 
after Feb. 1, check www.dadv.org  for a registration form.
Greater Seattle Area
“How You See Me:  Issues of Diversity in Volunteer Management”
Date:  Friday, March 3, 2006
Time:  8:30 am (registration) to 3:30 pm (the actual training goes from 9 pm to 3 pm). 
Morning Session: “Viewing the World from Our Own Cultural Lenses” – Colleen Almojeula
Afternoon Session: “Effective Applications of Diversity in Volunteer Programs” – Nan Hawthorne
Location: IslandWood – 4450 Blakely Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA
Additional Information: – Terry Schroeder – 360-475-3571 – thes300@dshs.wa.gov  or Cynthia Wingren – 206-855-4340 – cyndiew@islandwood.org
Hands On Network in partnership with Boston Cares, is offering a FREE comprehensive Volunteer Leader Training Program, Friday, March 10 from 3 pm – 6 pm. This introductory course will help more than 500 individuals build, strengthen and polish their volunteer leadership skills. Taught by professionals who have built their careers on volunteer leadership training, it is open to all audiences and we will be specifically recruiting local Bostonians interested in the fundamentals of volunteer leadership and the Hands On Model. This certification program is FREE. Registration for the conference is not necessary in order to attend this workshop.  Estimated number of attendees:  500+  Location: Boston Sheraton
Follow this link to register:
Everywhere, All the Time
Volunteer Recruitment That Actually Works
An audio-visual training on effective recruitment of volunteers by Nan Hawthorne that you can download and share.

Visit Volunteer Resources Management Clearinghouse at https://vrmclearinghouse.wordpress.com  regularly to find updates and comment on content.
Until next time,
Nan Hawthorne
 Editor, Volunteer Resources Management Clearinghouse
Recognizing Volunteers: Right from the Starthttp://www.volunteertoday.com A training kit you can use for a fun, stimulating and effective workshop on how to build recognition into every aspect of volunteer resourcesmanagement.  Nan Hawthorne’s well-loved training kits. 



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