Monthly Hot Topicsfrom Susan J. Ellis

The theme for IVMDay last month reinforced the image of volunteers as “Superheroes.” And yes, volunteers do share a lot of characteristics with brave champions. But you know what? We think it’s really the reverse. Superheroes share a lot of characteristics with volunteers

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A-Z Volunteer Management

Extensive, searchable library of materials on over 100 topics. Includes articles, book excerpts, free guides and reports, websites, blogs, and more... plus tips from colleagues. Continually updated.

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Find events, classes, associations, periodicals, vendors, special days, awards, places to post volunteer opportunities... plus quotes and humor for your presentations.


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Everyone Ready

Achieve More When Everyone is Ready for Volunteers

The Everyone Ready® Online Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program delivers quality training to all the people in your network who work with volunteers daily. A new topic is featured monthly with a live discussion board for dialogue with the trainer, but learners can also access all program resources on their own, at any time.

Essential Topics

The Skill-Building Center provides a library of 39 seminars and guides, available 24/7 including: Handling Challenging Behavior by Volunteers, New Approaches to Recruitment, and Volunteer-related Issues in Risk Management. More topics...

Expert Trainers

Since 1977, Energize, Inc. has developed unequaled relationships with the most respected trainers in the volunteerism field around the world. Over 20 of these experts created the resources your learners will use. Learn about the faculty...

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In the October 2015 - January 2016 Issue

Retiring Baby Boomers, life-long tech users, and skilled professionals! Oh, my! What’s a volunteer administrator to do? It may seem overwhelming to keep up with all the recent trends in volunteering – especially when trends force us to change or adapt how we recruit and work with volunteers.

But fear not: the basic components of volunteer management don’t go out of date. We can meet... read more | subscribe

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Bridging the Divide Between Volunteer Management and Community Organizing
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Reactive or Proactive Volunteer Leadership: We Have a Choice
The Sky Is Not Falling . . . Yet! Ten Strategies for Shorter-Term Volunteers
Volunteering at Ground Level

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