Online Communities

Increasingly, exchange among volunteer management practitioners is occuring online.  Here are various discussion forums and other types of electronic resources open to interested registrants (mainly at no charge).

"7 Questions Podcasts" from GiveGab

Ever wondered where volunteers find their inspiration, what makes someone a great leader?  Tonyehn Verkitus, the Senior VP of Nonprofit Engagement at GiveGab, interviews volunteers doing amazing things, leaders who inspire debate, and nonprofits finding creative solutions to problems big and small. "Snapshots" in 7 Questions take a small dip into the lives of people who do big things. New interview monthly. Free archive of all podcasts remains available.

ChristianVolunteering.org Training Materials

Online registry of Christian volunteer opportunities run through TechMission, this site offers a variety of free training materials for volunteers and program managers, including PowerPoint shows, videos, Webcasts, and templates.

Hot Topics from Susan J. Ellis, Energize, Inc.

Hear Susan read her monthly Hot Topic. Add the RSS feed to your podcast list or just listen to the audio from the Hot Topic Web page.

 

My travel schedule has increased substantially which has led to me me reading more books (old school) and downloading podcasts for the long walks to the rental car kiosks. Your Hot Topics is now part of my listening library. Thank you.
  --  Tony Goodrow, volunteer2, ON, Canada

Jayne Cravens

Jayne Cravens, always on the cutting-edge of technology, has provided a wonderfully welcoming and informative podcast, talking about how podcasts can be used by nonprofits, and just how easy it is to do.  http://www.coyotecommunications.com/podcasts/jayne_01.mp3.

 

She says:  "Download this mp3 file and listen to me blabble for seven minutes and 20 seconds. The file is 3.3 MB.  The transcript of the podcast is also available at: http://www.coyotecommunications.com/outreach/podcasts.html
Notices about new podcasts (if any) will be posted on the Jayne Blog http://www.forumer.com/jcravens/. The RSS feed address for the Jayne Blog: http://www.forumer.com/rss.php?u=jcravens.

Movie Mondays

Produced for fundraisers and development officers, this series of free, short videos includes useful tips for all community outreach. When you sign up, you get notices by e-mail of one week of access to a 3 to 5 minute video on some aspect of board management, donor relations, etc. The comments section under each topic permits sharing of ideas among the subscribers.

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern and her guests walk through a new area of nonprofit work in clear, concise and fun themed shows. Her interview with Susan Ellis in 2010 is archived at http://webtalkradio.net/2010/12/06/nonprofit-spark-developing-volunteers/.

 

Peace Corps Volunteer Voices

Weekly stories written and read by Peace Corps Volunteers who served around the world.

Sesame Street introduces the concept of "volunteer" with Elmo and guest Usher
The 501c3Cast

A free, independent, weekly podcast started in July 2005, produced: "…by a few people who care about helping nonprofit professionals, not-for-profit volunteers, and other 'do-gooders' in the philanthropic world." You can subscribe to get the weekly podcasts which are like an Internet radio show and which can be loaded onto any MP3 player or listened to on any computer. Sample any of the archived programs - most are between 30 and 40 minutes in length. Topics offered are wide-ranging, including volunteer-related themes such as Baby Boomer volunteers and interviews with people who work extensively with volunteers.

The Voluntourist Talkcast

David Clemmons, founder of VolunTourism.org hosts guests from both the volunteerism sector and the tourism industry to discuss the rapidly growing trend of voluntourism.  The VolunTourist Talkcast is live weekly from 10am - 11am ET, but the complete archive of past shows is accessible from the same page.

Travelistic Videos for Travelers: Voluntourism

List of blogs and videos posted by voluntourists.

Volunteering Queensland TV

Short videos highlighting volunteering in Queensland, Australia.

“Vita Activa - Life Matters” radio series on ABC National Radio

This Australian radio series on issues in volunteering is hosted by Dr. Melanie Oppenheimer, a historian with a special interest in tracking the voluntary sector. The site archives the 2007 broadcasts for online listening. A second series of programs is planned for 2008.