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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Fri, 2016-12-02 10:05.
As part of our ongoing series of case studies of best practices in volunteer engagement, we met Rabbi Brian Fink, Director of Engage at the JCC Manhattan to learn more about the work of the Engage Jewish Service Corps, which seeks to meaningfully engage volunteers in their 50s, 60s, and beyond in addressing vital community needs. The following case study is the result of that interview.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Wed, 2016-07-20 15:03.
A few weeks ago, I led a webinar for Verified Volunteers on interviewing volunteers. As a follow up, Katie Zwetzig of Verified Volunteers, posted some highlights on the VV Blog. We are sharing that below. To read the full blog with questions from the audience, check out Verified Volunteers' blog directly.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Thu, 2016-07-14 10:53.
Interviewing volunteers -- who knew it could be such a polarizing concept? Yet, I never know what response I will receive when I ask a group of nonprofit professionals about their volunteer interview process. Many are passionate about their commitment  to interviewing every (or nearly every) individual interested in volunteering for their organization, while others are equally adament that asking someone who is offering to donate their time and energy to undergo an interview is an insult to their generosity.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Wed, 2016-06-15 22:57.
The countdown has begun! Just 11 days until the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service - an annual highlight for the field. This year's conference, June 27-29 in Detroit, MI is sure to be packed with information, great networking opportunities, and memorable moments. I am looking forward to many aspects of the experience and have shared a few below.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Mon, 2016-04-04 11:45.
Just last week, while talking with staff from a human services agency about a new volunteer leadership position the team is trying to fill, I reminded the team to ask for email addresses on the application. When I reviewed the draft application, I thought it was a minor oversight that the form asked for phone number but not email. To say that their answer surprised me would be an understatement. While the team was happy to take my suggestion, they explained that the organization does not use email to communicate with volunteers, especially in its more rural location.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Mon, 2016-03-14 16:50.
Interested in attending this year's Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service but didn't budget to attend this year? Consider applying for the Jill Friedman Fixler Scholarship.This professional development scholarship is provided by Points of Light and sponsored by the Friedman Fixler families. It will be awarded to one volunteer manager or volunteer leader in memory of Jill Friedman Fixler. The scholarship offers registration and travel reimbursement (up to $1,500) for the Conference on Volunteering and Service.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Thu, 2016-03-10 12:40.
As a nonprofit leader, you likely know many people who are passionate about your mission. You hopefully also know that passionate people are more likely to share their time and talent (not to mention their treasure) with your organization.How can you best tap into that passion so that these individuals can be involved in ways that are truly helpful in addressing organizational needs? Start by generating a list of organizational needs.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Tue, 2016-02-23 16:55.
So, you are seeking a volunteer to step up and take on a leadership role in your organization and, since you will be this volunteer’s primary staff partner, you’re motivated to find just the right person for the job. Where do you begin? Ensuring that you find the right person is not just about finding someone with the right skills. It also depends on finding the individual who has the motivation to do the work and the right fit with you. Very likely, you or another staff or volunteer already knows the perfect person for the job. But how do you find him or her?
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Tue, 2016-01-19 14:47.
What can your organization learn from parades, ice cream cones, strollers, and Mickey Mouse? Believe it or not, quite a bit. Recently, an article about Disney came across my news feed and caught my attention. I was drawn to it not because I was looking out my window at the snow, pining away for a sunny Disney vacation (well, maybe that had a little something to do with it?), but because I have long been intrigued by Disney Institute, an organization dedicated to helping others learn from the core competencies in which The Walt Disney Company excels, namely Leadership, Customer Service, and Employee Engagement.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Wed, 2016-01-06 10:51.
As we launch a new year with, in many cases, a fresh budget and a clean slate, saving money and mitigating risk are two important considerations. With that in mind, we are pleased to share the following guest post by colleague Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers. Verified Volunteers' mission is to help nonprofits and service organizations better fulfill their missions by reducing the time and costs associated with volunteer screening.
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