Volunteering: Prom Queen Status Continues
You canâ€™t open a newspaper these days without reading a major article about the popularity of volunteering, whether itâ€™s how to use it to find a new job, where to go for opportunities, or what the true impact of volunteers is. Here are a few observations and resources:
- The nonprofit NeighborWorks America has activated thousands of volunteers for its week-long NeighborWorks Week of community service events in more than 300 U.S. urban and rural areas. The organization, a leading trainer of community development professionals, also has launched a social media tool called LeadersforCommunities.org to enable virtual networking, job hunting, and information exchange among emerging and established community development leaders and volunteers. The tool aims to address the â€œcrisis in leadership across the nonprofit industry and a lack of diversity in the leadership of the field.â€
This site gets personal fast with its ever-changing slideshow of images (you can load yours up as well), its list of relevant blogs, news, events, and more.
- The United Kingdom just wrapped up its 25-year anniversary celebration of Volunteers Week, which ran June 1-7 and sought to â€œraise the profileâ€ of volunteers and encourage others to join in. I especially like that the Web site enables visitors to share â€œthank youâ€ stories that detail what volunteers actually accomplished. Why donâ€™t more organizations do that? And this is the first time Iâ€™ve seen this number: According to TimeBank, a volunteering nonprofit in the UK, â€œ73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.â€ That ought to inspire some folks to get out and give back.
- And finally, buzz continues to grow for the worldâ€™s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders-- the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco June 22-24â€”which has the theme â€œCivic. Energy. Generation.â€ Co-hosted by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the conference is running a steady stream of stories, news, retrospective videos, and insights on its Facebook page and Twitter.