2017 International Volunteer Managers Day Blog Carnival

This year’s theme for International Volunteer Managers Day is “be the voice” and I’m thrilled to share the voices of 12 leaders of volunteers from five different countries (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, USA). Some you may have heard of and some may be new; that’s part of the fun of a blog carnival! Before I … Continue reading 2017 International Volunteer Managers Day Blog Carnival

Announcing the 2017 IVM Day blog carnival!

International Volunteer Managers Day (aka IVM Day) began in 1999 as a way to celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership. This year's theme for IVM Day is "be the voice" and bloggers are coming together to share their perspectives and ideas on this theme. Writing about volunteer leadership is one way to be a voice … Continue reading Announcing the 2017 IVM Day blog carnival!

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

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

A brief note on volunteerism, democracy, and privilege

Volunteering is a privilege. Not everyone can afford to spend their time working without financial compensation. Not everyone has time to give outside of work and family responsibilities. Not everyone has access to transportation to a volunteer site or can work during the hours that are offered. Not everyone [fill in the blank because there … Continue reading A brief note on volunteerism, democracy, and privilege

Stepping Up, Aside, and Out

Stepping Up As of July 1, I'm the new Marketing Chair on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Portland board and I couldn't be more excited! I've been on the Marketing Committee for the last two or so years, primarily managing the Twitter channel. This group of changemakers has had a significant role in my … Continue reading Stepping Up, Aside, and Out

Catching Up & Looking Ahead

What a busy time of year! Work, life, non-work work (aka professional development), friends, family, fun... This time of year has it all for me. To get myself back on track, here are a few updates. 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference This conference was such an amazing experience and I was honored to be on the … Continue reading Catching Up & Looking Ahead

It’s Official!

I'm going to be a speaker at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, TX in March! I'll be giving a 5-minute, Ignite-style talk on communicating volunteer impact. Check out my speaker page and description of my talk for more info. Looking forward to meeting and connecting with other speakers and attendees! And, when I say … Continue reading It’s Official!

On “13 Steps to the CVA Credential”

I'm so excited to share that I have a blog on VolunteerMatch! It's all about my journey to the CVA credential and the process that CVA candidates can expect. Check it out and let me know if you have any thoughts. As soon as Jennifer Bennett (Senior Manager of Education and Training at VolunteerMatch) asked … Continue reading On “13 Steps to the CVA Credential”