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Organizations Are from Mars, Volunteers Are from Venus—Keys to a Successful Relationship

I’ve heard that volunteer recruitment is like dating. As a Volunteer Manager for a couple of organizations, I can say that I’ve experienced how similar these two activities can be. They both involve—

  • Meeting someone new
  • Learning a bit about that new person (or organization)
  • Both parties decide if they like each other enough to begin a relationship
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Reflection in times of crisis

I answered a call by making a call.

From my cozy, sunny office, I made two phone calls (of course, on my break time and from my cell phone)–one to Senator Klobachar and one to Senator Franken.  As a constituent, a former AmeriCorps member and public interest lawyer that facilitates legal volunteering, I explained how I have seen AmeriCorps improve communities through education, jobs training and environmental programs. Until it all came tumbling out of my mouth on those phone calls, I didn’t realize how much service meant to me and the people in my life.

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What or Who is MAVA?

Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is a membership association of about 800 leaders of volunteers, mostly professional volunteer program administrators, from across the state. It's a forum for members to become engaged with professional development and share resources. MAVA conducts the latest research on volunteerism, including engaging new immigrant communities, best practices for engaging baby boomers and the impact of the recession.

Jay Haapala—current board chair for MAVA and volunteer services administrator at the Minnesota Children’s Museum—was gracious enough to provide The Bridge an inside view of MAVA.

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Volunteering My Way to My Future Job

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It was only 30 seconds and it wasn’t pretty, but I did it.

If you attended YNPN’s EDGE event on interviewing techniques and resume writing, I was the Nervous Nelly holding the microphone, wrapping up the discussion panel portion and transitioning us to a break. Public speaking might be a breeze for some, but I have an enormous fear of speaking in front of groups larger than two. How did I take on my fear and end up in front of 70 of you? Volunteering!

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Taking Sides in the Volunteerism Debate

By Virginia Brown
Follow me on Twitter: @3manypuppies

There’s a debate happening in the world of volunteerism. My previous job put me right in the middle of it.

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MCN Leadership Conference Reflections: Putting up speed bumps in the giving back drive-thru

Last week I had the honor—along with a group of former and current participants of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) Leadership Institute—of meeting Jan Masaoka, Editor-In-Chief of Blue Avocado and self-proclaimed “contrarian.” The discussion was lengthy around what Jan critiques as “drive-by volunteering” –the quick, one time opportunities that can result in a supervisorial nightmare, and in the end often don’t contribute the high-level skills the organization could really use.

The next day I attended the Redefining Philanthropy session at the MCN’s Leadership Conference, which featured various groups in town attempting to make giving of time, money, and expertise accessible to all.  (I admit that you’ll probably see me at their next “party with a purpose.”) But with my mind still on drive-by volunteering, I couldn’t help but wonder whether drive-by philanthropy is helping or harming the nonprofit sector?

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