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We say that our goal is teamwork among volunteers and paid staff, but just as the game is about to start, we withhold some of the things volunteers need to help the team to victory.  Do you give volunteers access to the same resources employees take for granted?

Resources for Involving Volunteers Successfully

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.

Directory for the Profession

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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Online Bookstore

Over 75 new and classic titles, for newcomers and veterans alike, in print and in e-book form.
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 Apr-July 2015 Issue

In this quarter’s Research to Practice, Laurie Mook reviews a study by Mark A. Hager and Jeffrey L. Brudney testing whether or not the “adoption of ‘best practices’ (such as interviewing volunteers, matching them to assignments, supervising volunteer activities, and recognizing their contributions to organizations) are associated with program outcomes of recruitment ease, retention of... read more | subscribe

RECENT ARTICLES | Access the Full Issue

A Volunteer’s a Volunteer, No Matter How Small: Children as Volunteers
Advocating for Volunteers by Educating Staff
Is Finding a Comparison a Sign of Achievement?
Love Your Job and the Rest Will Follow: Passion as a Leadership Skill
Self-Help in Social Welfare
The Economic, Social and Cultural Value of Volunteering to Tasmania
Volunteer Management: Art or Science?
Volunteer on a Mission: Watching a New Organization Emerge

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