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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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”