Monthly Archives: May 2011

Volunteer Management System: Standalone, or Consolidated?

Submitted by Kyle Andrei This is an excerpted preview of Idealware’s A Consumers Guide to Volunteer Management Software, created in partnership with TechSoup Global. The full version of the guide is available here. When considering Volunteer Management Systems, the most … Continue reading

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Maine Conservation Corps Reflections on AmeriCorps Week 2011

By Geoffrey Ng The Maine Conservation Corps is most widely known for its extensive trail work done in parks and public lands throughout the state of Maine, but there is also a great deal of education and community outreach that … Continue reading

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People-Focused Management

By Anne Schink In our previous posts using the eight principles from the book, The Charismatic Organization, we have talked about those characteristics that create strong internal organizational core. The one most familiar to managers of volunteers is ‘people-focused management’. … Continue reading

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Engaging Distributed Volunteers-Part II, “Putting it to Use.”

By By Joan Davis If you missed part I you can read it here. Putting it to use How can you leverage virtual collaboration tools to make your own work more efficient? To demonstrate I’ve sketched out a few virtual … Continue reading

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Celebration as Assessment

By Patricia Kimball My goal for this blog is to convince you that a celebration of your volunteers is a venue for individual volunteer assessment (or evaluation). How can anyone equate evaluation with celebration? Read on. I promise it makes … Continue reading

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Clean Water for Clams

By Becky Kolak If someone were to tell me a year ago that I would be dressed as a life sized clam to educate the public about the significance of clean water to the soft shelled clam, I would have … Continue reading

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2011 National AmeriCorps Week

By Morgan January May 14th marked the start of the 2011 National AmeriCorps Week. AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides opportunities for citizens to serve through intensive community service. Participants in AmeriCorps are paid a small living stipend … Continue reading

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Why Celebrate Service-Learning?

By Matt Robinson Celebration is vital to service learning practice and to sustaining service-learning in a community. By pausing to acknowledge and celebrate accomplishments during a service-learning project as well as at it’s end we reap exponentially more than we … Continue reading

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“Sentenced” to 20 Hours of Community Service

By Penny Kern I just had an interesting phone call and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Maybe someone out there can help me process this. A mother just called me asking for community service ideas for her … Continue reading

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Volunteer Observations

Trudy Hamilton I recently had the experience to observe volunteers in a setting entirely outside my realm…hospital volunteers, and have a few thoughts. Often, in smaller hospitals, there simply is no funding to manage a volunteer program. In many healthcare … Continue reading

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