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Engaging Conversations with Volunteers

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 18 2017 | Comments (0)
“Volunteers … work not for money but because they want to give back, make a difference, change the world.”  Sally Helgesen While the need to give of themselves may motivate volunteers to get involved, it doesn’t ensure their continuing commitment....

“Hoping to Help” – Lessons in Global Health Volunteering

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 19 2016 | Comments (0)
Whether providing relief after a natural disaster or rendering humanitarian aid to countries in need, we’re familiar with the importance of international medical missions. The inspirational stories told by returning volunteers describe the desperate and challenging...

Favorite Volunteer Quotes

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 05 2016 | Comments (1)
While anytime is a good time to acknowledge volunteers for their dedication to helping others, National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, provides a special opportunity to celebrate their efforts. In support of National Volunteer Week, here are my favorite...

When the Going Gets Tough: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 07 2015 | Comments (2)
In honor of  National Volunteer Week and in preparation to participate in BlogPaws Conference, it’s fitting that I share this poignant description from a volunteer involved with animal rescue. Rescue explained The neglect changes you. The abuse hardens...

Coping with the Credibility Gap in Employee Engagement

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 03 2015 | Comments (5)
“Our current practices and approaches to employee engagement are failing. They are failing to achieve organizational results and most employees fail to experience the benefits of their own engagement.”  Excerpt from David Zinger’s 21-Point Employee...

Culture + Brand = Passion for Engagement: Volunteers in Medicine

Posted by sybil | On: Oct 14 2014 | Comments (0)
The value of having a favorable brand is that it inspires public trust and confidence – the stronger the brand, the more likely people will associate with it. A most important contributor to brand strength, and one that is difficult to duplicate, is the organization’s...

Employees as Volunteers? Or Volunteers as Employees?

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 17 2014 | Comments (2)
If your organization relies on paid employees to get its work done, would you treat them any differently if they were volunteers? Other thought leaders have shared their views on this topic, including: Treat Employees Like Volunteers for Better Performance by...

Marketing Animal Rescues & Shelters – BlogPaws 2014

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 03 2014 | Comments (1)
One of the reasons I love my work is that I get to meet dedicated nonprofit professionals and volunteers eager to share their stories. They’re also eager to learn how to further their respective organization’s mission in the marketing workshops I teach. The...

Celebrate Service – It’s National Volunteer Week!

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 07 2014 | Comments (0)
While engaging and caring for volunteers is an ongoing activity, National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is an important reminder to celebrate volunteers and their impact.  This week provides an opportunity to honor “the enduring importance of recognizing...

Caring for Volunteers

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 16 2013 | Comments (0)
In honor of National Volunteer Week, this post is dedicated to all volunteers who dedicate themselves to the nonprofit causes they care about. How do nonprofits demonstrate care for the people who voluntarily serve them? Smart leaders know that effectively managing...