October 21, 2017

2016 DOVIA Volunteer Management Conference

Making the Case for Group Volunteering
What’s old is new again! And, because of increasing demands on people’s time, there is a growing interest in group volunteering. People want to do good and have fun while sharing time with their friends, loved ones and co-workers. In this session, participants will learn about the benefits and challenges of engaging volunteer groups, building an infrastructure that will guarantee the best return-on-investment, new ideas fo engage groups on an off-site, and tools to help you support one-time, occassional and ongoing group efforts.

Skills Based Volunteers
Wendy Biro-Pollard is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), speaker, facilitator and consultant. Wendy will be leading a workshop on Utilizing Skills-Based and Pro Bono Volunteers. During this session, Volunteer Managers will learn how to tap this readily available and dynamic capacity building resource. Attendees will leave with a better idea of how to conduct a pro bono needs assessment, find volunteers who are a great fit and execute a skills-based project plan.

Certificate in Volunteer Management

Days 3-4

Volunteers provide a unique human resource that can enhance an organization’s ability to achieve its mission, priorities, and goals. A well-trained volunteer manager is key to the success of a volunteer program.

Long and Short Associates with ACC’s Center for Nonprofit Studies offers a certificate-driven series of workshops that provide volunteer management basics and beyond. This series is guaranteed to assist area nonprofits, associations and governmental agencies in building a successful volunteer engagement program and enhancing organizational capacity.

All sessions have been recognized by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and will cover the Council’s Core Competencies for Managers of Volunteer Resources.

The Certificate in Volunteer Management is four full days of learning from and with nationally recognized volunteer management experts. This is not a CVA (Certified in Volunteer Administration) credentialing course.

 

Certificate in Volunteer Management

Volunteers provide a unique human resource that can enhance an organization’s ability to achieve its mission, priorities, and goals. A well-trained volunteer manager is key to the success of a volunteer program.

Long and Short Associates with ACC’s Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations is offering a certificate-driven series of workshops that provide volunteer management basics and beyond. This series is guaranteed to assist area nonprofits, associations and governmental agencies in building a successful volunteer engagement program and enhancing organizational capacity.

All sessions have been recognized by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and will cover the Council’s Core Competencies for Managers of Volunteer Resources.

The Certificate in Volunteer Management is four full days of learning from and with nationally recognized volunteer management experts.  Days 3-4 are scheduled on Oct. 29 and 30, 2014.

This is not a CVA (Certified in Volunteer Administration) credentialing course.

 

Voluntourism Gains Popularity

Voluntourism Gains Popularity - Non Profit Consulting and Training - Wendy Biro-Pollard

School is almost over and if you’re like me, you are starting to count the days before summer vacation. What constitutes the perfect vacation is as varied as the individuals planning it, but most folks agree that it’s a time devoted to rest, relaxation, recreation, and travel.

Right now my 50-something sister is headed to a motorcycle rally in bright Texas sunshine and 90+ degree heat. Nothing in my wildest dreams would describe three days of limited air conditioning during a national holiday on the back of a motorcycle as a vacation!

So, what’s your definition of a vacation? In the early 90’s, a cause-marketing team thought it would be a good idea to combine service with tourism and invented a new term–voluntourism. This new kind of vacation which includes volunteering for a charitable cause has gained popularity in recent years and a number of websites have sprung up which make it easy for you to find something worthwhile to do during your time off.

GVI offers you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to combine adventure, culture and the chance to make a lasting difference on long-term projects in over 20 different countries.

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Why Volunteers Stop Serving

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Introduction

In spite of the economic downturn, many individuals continue to serve in their communities–helping their neighbors and organizing service projects.

In  2008, 61.8 million adults donated approximately 8 billion hours of time, and yet, over one-third of these individuals (35.5%) stopped volunteering and did not serve with any organization the following year.  This high rate of volunteer turnover has forced nonprofits to focus on replacing volunteers instead of maximizing impact and building organizational capacity.

A July 2009 report titled Pathways to Service posted on Volunteering In America identified five barriers that may keep individuals from volunteering or returning to service.

Key Findings

1.  Personal invitations to serve are more appealing to prospective volunteers.

Many individuals said they had never volunteered because they had never been asked. These same non-volunteers also said that if they were asked, they would be open to volunteering.

Organizations need to address this misconception in order to effectively recruit new volunteers.  Having existing volunteers share their stories can help non-volunteers see that they are just like those who serve.
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