A world without Susan J Ellis

It’s impossible for me to imagine a world without Susan J Ellis. Not just because she was such a driving force in the field of volunteer management for decades, but because she will live on through those of us who carry on the work. We carry her memory with us, her spirit, her energy. We … Continue reading A world without Susan J Ellis

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“Always be learning” = not always fun

Note: I wrote this in December 2016 but wasn’t sure if I should publish or not. Let me know if you’ve had a similar experience. My personal mantra is “always be learning” and I generally experience learning in a positive, fun, invigorating way. In 2016, though, I came to understand that learning isn’t always fun. … Continue reading “Always be learning” = not always fun

My AmeriCorps story

About 9 years ago I was working my first post-college job as an educator at a science museum when I heard that layoffs might be coming. One of my coworkers was applying for AmeriCorps and encouraged me to look for a position as well. While browsing the AmeriCorps website one day, I found an open … Continue reading My AmeriCorps story

Saying yes and trying things

Elisa Kosarin from Twenty Hats interviewed me back in May 2016. My favorite part of her post is this: And then sometimes, through what Liza calls “a series of yesses”, we start to take our work more seriously and see volunteer management as a profession and not just a job. Reflecting on this now, I … Continue reading Saying yes and trying things

Re-committing to Volunteer Engagement

​That was the statement I made on December 3, 2015 as part of a Thoughtful Thursday (#ttvolmgrs) Twitter chat. This chat has been a (mostly) weekly event for several years, engaging leaders of volunteers throughout the world on various topics. This time, the challenge was to create a personal slogan. Now, a bit over a … Continue reading Re-committing to Volunteer Engagement