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Power of the Personal Ask

Power of the Personal Ask

One of the top challenges expressed by volunteer engagement professionals is recruitment – whether finding the right...

Planning: Your Path to Leading the Way

Planning: Your Path to Leading the Way

Boulder, Colorado is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Like many cities, Boulder had volunteer programs in many of the city agencies – from libraries to parks & recreation. That worked well for the city, or so they thought, until everything changed over the course of one week in September 2013, when Boulder experienced unprecedented rain. The resulting flooding was catastrophic, destroying 1500 homes, rendering roads impassable, and killing eight people. As the rains were still falling, Boulder residents stepped up to volunteer – as did thousands arriving from far off states. But the city was not ready to engage them. As a result, developing a city-wide engagement strategy became an integral part of the city’s resiliency planning.

Reunion Day! A Time for Stories

Reunion Day! A Time for Stories

Today was one of my favorite days: “Reunion Day!” I spent all day with the ten teams that participated in the 2018...

Recognition vs. Acknowledgment

Recognition vs. Acknowledgment

With fires blazing across the American West, hurricanes approaching our coastlines, and floods rising in the Midwest,...