Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sustain Volunteer Programs by Increasing Membership

by Bessie Wright Maine is teeming with volunteers and volunteer opportunities. Though I’m no expert, I’m willing to bet that a good proportion of those opportunities are less like the Red Cross and more like the local high school athletic … Continue reading

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Delegating: Three Easy Things to Remember

by Penny Kern I found this great site by Shar McBee, who posts short articles on volunteerism and gives permission to reprint them. The one I downloaded was called “How to Delegate: The 3 L’s”. To summarize, because you can … Continue reading

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The Worst Patients

by Jodi Freedman We have all heard the stories about doctors making the worst patients. Apparently, this cliche crosses professions. Lately, I have found that I am not the volunteer that I would like to be! We have all had … Continue reading

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Great Results, One Great Meeting At a Time

by Christy Monroe No matter what line of work you are in …meetings happen. Managers of volunteer programs are no exception. Efficient and successful meetings might not be on the top of your wish list, but I’d wager that improved … Continue reading

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Free and Clear at Volunteer Maine

by Christy Monroe I’m going to go out on a limb here in assuming that you are reading this blog because you’re a manager of volunteers or you’re interested in the management of volunteers. The question is- have you have … Continue reading

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Risk Management Resources from Julie Mulkern

Guest Post by Carla Ganiel Julie Mulkern sent me this Risk Management Quiz, along with a corresponding Answer Key, to include in her recent post, but I couldn’t figure out how to include Microsoft Word documents when publishing a blog … Continue reading

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Up to Your Ears in Alligators?

by Margaret Puckett For years I had a magnet I kept on a file cabinet right next to my desk. The message it conveyed was one I found myself referring to on a fairly regular basis. It said “When you … Continue reading

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Advanced Institute on Volunteer Management Offered at 2008 National Conference on Volunteering and Service

An Advanced Institute on Volunteer Management will be offered May 31-June 2 in conjunction with the 2008 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, Georgia. The institute will offer experienced volunteer managers the opportunity to learn from the best-known … Continue reading

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Better Safe Than Sorry…Managing Risk in Your Volunteer Program

Guest Post by Julie D. Mulkern Although not one of the more enjoyable aspects of our jobs, risk management should be a near-daily term in the management of volunteer programs. Though we may not always have a salient risk management … Continue reading

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Changing the Volunteer Culture

by Penny Kern I subscribe to an e-Newsletter called CharityChannel and one of the articles caught my eye and I saved it – March 28, 2007. When we started this blog, I emailed the author, Scott Martin, and asked permission … Continue reading

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