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Listen Up! Summer  Listening List

Listen Up! Summer Listening List

Every summer, we post a list of “what we’re reading.” For the 2018 edition, stay tuned (as I do have a good stack of books just bursting with sticky notes and dog-eared pages that I’ve been reading the past few months and I’d love to share them). However, in honor of...

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Sometimes Simplicity Rules!

Sometimes Simplicity Rules!

This blog was originally posted in November 2015, but a client recently asked a question about how to match volunteers needing flexibility with staff members who need shot term assistance with small projects. Of course, I thought of this post. We are sharing it here....

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Ask Questions Now… Save Time Later!

Ask Questions Now… Save Time Later!

Interviewing volunteer candidates takes time... but that time is well spent. Investing time in interviewing candidates up front saves time in the long run. Ensuring that the position is the right fit for both the organization and the individual benefits everyone....

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Demographic Trends Shaping America… and Service?

Demographic Trends Shaping America… and Service?

This afternoon,  Pew Research Center released an article highlighting 7 demographic trends shaping the U.S. and the world in 2018 and, naturally, we couldn’t resist reading them with the following questions at the forefront of our minds: If these trends are shaping...

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Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer

This post is adapted and updated from a post originally shared on 3-24-2015 So much has been written and discussed in nonprofit circles about what motivates today’s volunteers. The chance to use or gain skills, to make a tangible difference in a community, to support...

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Volunteer Orientations: Is the Jury Still Out?

Volunteer Orientations: Is the Jury Still Out?

As I am being called back next week for my civic "volunteer" duty, I am reposting this from October 6, 2015 and I can't wait to see if the orientation process has changed at all in the few years since my last experience! I volunteered yesterday morning. Here’s how my...

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