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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!

“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

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

My Self-Care Journey: Part 1

Over the past several months I've had multiple people tell me that I should do more self-care. I’ll be honest; I cringe whenever I hear the word mindfulness and I generally think of self-care of something other people do who are kind of woo-woo. (That’s the technical term.) But those “other” people seem to enjoy … Continue reading My Self-Care Journey: Part 1