Monthly Archives: October 2010

Partnering with the Red Claws

By Seth Shuman Having recently moved to Portland from Boston, I’ve found myself in a unique situation to really lend a hand and make a difference. Having served as a Corps member with City Year Boston, I have always had … Continue reading

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Help shape the Blog

Hello Blog Readers! In an effort to keep the Blog content high quality and relevant to you and your work the Commission has created a quick 5 question survey on the blog. Here is the link: . … Continue reading

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By Anne B. Schink As a volunteer manager you are often in the crosshairs of change in your organization, whether it is fleshing out a new program or closing a program that no longer receives funding. You may have to … Continue reading

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A Few “Whys” for Service-Learning?

By Matt Robinson In my last Volunteer Maine post I discussed how meaningful service-learning efforts develop by creating opportunities for youth to identify and impact problems and/or meet needs. Two recent experiences have me thinking about the many “whys” of … Continue reading

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Top Ten List for Successfully Working with Volunteers

By Jen Lobley I have a fascination with lists. People who know me well would probably describe me as a Type A, concrete-sequential person so my previous statement would not surprise them. My life seems to be full of lists; … Continue reading

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A Bit on Leadership

I am a board member of the Maine Women’s Fund, a wonderfully creative and energized organization that seeks to ensure that women and girls in Maine reach their full potential. As part of our mission, we explore and discuss and … Continue reading

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Comments on Recently Coordinated Fund Raising Trends for Non-Profits

by Noble Smith To many, a coordinated three legged fund raising stool composed of a capital campaign, increased annual unrestricted support and a program of planned and estate giving, is old hat and is not a new trend. However, for … Continue reading

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Your Brand Online: Personal, Organizational & Cause

The challenge is to empower volunteers to create content and manage accounts while maintaining control of both your brand’s image & message and your critical information such as logins and passwords. Continue reading

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Don’t Treat Episodic Volunteerism Like One-Night Stands

To prevent these “one night stands,” before I share details about what options are available and the resources required for each, I ask them to share what I believe are critical elements we all need to know about their group, in order for us to plan an excellent volunteer experience (and building the foundation for a more significant relationship) for all involved. Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Term “Volunteer.”

Any reason to volunteer is a good one, but I’d like to challenge the idea that volunteering is something we should do – rather, could be something we’d like to do. Continue reading

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